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May 28, 2020

Hello, we hope this message finds you safe and well in these unprecedented times. As we continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, ID Care remains committed to providing our patients with quality care in a safe environment. We wanted to reach out to let you know we are here and ready to …

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May 28, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — In the federal government’s latest move to treat the nation’s most critical COVID-19 patients, the drug Remdesivir will be supplied to six states, including New Jersey. The drug is the first to show success in speeding up the recovery process. “We noticed that the temperatures come down more quickly in patients …

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April 3, 2020

Coronavirus Q&A: Ask an ID Care Expert Each day, news about COVID-19 seems to change. And with misinformation muddying the waters even further, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. To provide some clarity, ID Care’s Dr. Ronald Nahass, MD, MHCM, answers your most pressing questions about the novel coronavirus. What is a …

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April 2, 2020

The Pandemic’s Silent Heroes Like the pandemic curve has been accurately predicting, coronavirus cases are on the rise in New Jersey and across the U.S. But thanks to the tireless efforts of healthcare professionals around the world, we will hopefully see the day when the curve is flattened and COVID-19 is under control. Until then, …

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April 1, 2020

How ID Care Supports Leads Local, State, and National Healthcare Organizations in the Fight Against Coronavirus In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the infectious disease experts at ID Care have helped lead the defensive front in New Jersey and across the U.S. Although our country is treading through new territory, ID Care’s goals are …

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March 31, 2020

Dr. Nahaas, President, ID Care, quoted on NJ.com. Nearly every warning about the coronavirus mentions that people with weakened immune systems are at heightened risk of having the virus hit them harder. Doctors use the terms “immune-suppressed,” or “compromised immune system” to describe patients who can no longer fight off infections because the body’s natural …

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March 25, 2020

Potential Sources of C. Diff Clostridium difficile, often referred to as C. diff, is a bacterium that causes symptoms like diarrhea, cramping, and dehydration. In severe cases, it can lead to life-threatening colon inflammation. C. diff often affects older adults who are staying in hospitals or living in care facilities, but it can affect others …

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September 20, 2019

If you’re experiencing joint pain you’ve never had before, there are many causes that your doctor will consider, including the onset of Rheumatoid arthritis, a case of septic arthritis, or a case of reactive arthritis.  If you have a case of septic arthritis, also called infectious arthritis, which is an acute bacterial, viral, or fungal …

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August 5, 2019

Last March, when Beth Katz came down with an ear infection and fever, she did not let it get the best of her. Her wedding, scheduled for April 22, was more than a month away; she believed it was nothing serious; and she had plenty of the usual last-minute wedding details to spend her energy …

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February 17, 2017

NJLINCS Health Alert Network Public Health Advisory Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health Subject: Leptospirosis Cluster in the Concourse area of the Bronx Date: 2/15/2017; 14:48:22 Message#: 103336-2-15-2017-PHAD Contact Info: Kristin Garafalo, NJDOH – Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program Phone: 609-826-4872; Email: Kristin.Garafalo@doh.nj.gov Colin Campbell, NJDOH – Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program Phone: 609-826-4872; …

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January 31, 2017

NJLINCS Health Alert Network Public Health Alert Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health Subject: Confirmed Measles Case in Passaic County Date: 1/31/2017; 13:05:39 Message#: 103323-1-31-2017-PHAL Contact Info: Elizabeth F. Zaremski, NJDOH VPDP Phone: 609-826-5964; Email: Elizabeth.Zaremski@doh.nj.gov Noelle Bessette, NJDOH VPDP Phone: 609-826-5964; Email: Noelle.Bessette@doh.nj.gov Attachments: None The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is working …

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December 8, 2016

ID CARE and Aetna Health Plans have reached an agreement on a new contract that covers infectious diseases services for Aetna insured patients. ID CARE is the most comprehensive group of infectious disease specialists in New Jersey and the second largest of its kind in the country. ID CARE provides management and care of patients …

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October 31, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA—For patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection genotype (GT) 1–6, treatment with sofosbuvir/velpatasvir plus voxilaprevir (GS-9857) once daily was safe, well tolerated, and highly effective in treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients, reported Ronald Nahass, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, from ID Care, Inc., Hillsborough, NJ, at IDWeek 2016. Sofosbuvir is a nucleotide analog NS5B polymerase …

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October 12, 2016

Zika virus spreads to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitos can be found in many areas of the US including parts of southern NJ during the summer. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika and it can be spread from a pregnant woman …

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October 5, 2016

Richard Krieger, MD, chairman of the Infection Control Committee at Chilton Medical Center, and infectious disease physician at ID care, discusses how clinicians go about diagnosing Lyme disease. Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability) “The problem with misdiagnosing people who have chronic symptoms for Lyme disease is that some of them are so nonspecific and …

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September 13, 2016

Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist, changed medicine forever when he accidentally discovered Penicillin in his laboratory in 1928. “When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer,” Fleming would later say, “But I suppose that …

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August 16, 2016

An outbreak of hepatitis C in mostly young, white , suburban heroin users who live in or near Princeton, NJ, made headlines after it was reported Oct. 7, 2015 at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA. Ronald Nahass, MD, was a co-author of the ID Week study. He is president of ID Care, the …

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August 8, 2016

Clostridium difficile, routinely referred to as “C diff”, is a bacteria that resides in the colon. It can produce toxins that cause fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea – a manifestation of colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Usually, the infection is caused by the use of antibiotics. It is quite common, with nearly half a million …

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July 13, 2016

Pertussis is a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough. It is a very contagious disease. It is spread from person to person when infected people cough or sneeze while in close contact with others. Before the availability of the pertussis vaccine, pertussis was a major childhood illness and a leading cause of death. There …

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June 29, 2016

CRG Publishing, a Division of The Curry Rockefeller Group, LLC, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) announce the launch of the third edition of the seminal reference book, Handbook of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy For Infectious Diseases. This widely anticipated eHandbook is now available to more than 10,000 IDSA members in a first-of-its-kind …

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June 14, 2016

It seems as though every year we have a new infectious disease to worry about. This year, Zika virus has all the media attention. Indeed its unique feature of causing microcephaly, or small brain, in a baby born to a mother who contracts this infection is a serious concern that is challenging public health experts …

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June 2, 2016

18 Zika-infected adults have been reported in the state, but experts say there is still little risk of widespread outbreak While New Jersey is home to the first baby born in the continental United States with Zika-linked microcephaly and 18 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in the state, doctors say that for nearly …

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May 19, 2016

Rabies, which means, “rage” or “madness” in Latin, is a disease recognized since antiquity. It is primarily a disease of animals and exists worldwide with a few isolated exceptions. Since vaccines have become available its incidence in the United States has been dramatically reduced. However, worldwide, there are still a large number of deaths per …

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April 22, 2016

Hundreds of mostly white (92.5%), female (52.4%) suburban heroin users treated at a Princeton House, a Princeton, NJ facility for heroin detoxification were also found to have the hepatitis C virus. The findings were first reported last fall at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA. one that noted that about 45% of injection drug …

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April 19, 2016

Hopewell resident Patty Phillips has endured not one but two bouts ofLyme disease in the past 30 years — though she wonders if perhaps her more current symptoms are related to her original case in 1984, which she says was misdiagnosed and mistreated. While she had a high fever and flu-like symptoms years ago, recently, …

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April 19, 2016

Volume 22, Number 5—May 2016 Eda Akyar, Kathleen H. Seneca, Serra Akyar, Neal Schofield, Mark P. Schwartz, and Ronald G. Nahass Author affiliations: ID Care, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA (E. Akyar, K.H. Seneca, S. Akyar, R.G. Nahass); University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (K.H. Seneca, N. Schofield, M.P. Schwartz, R.G. Nahass); Rutgers …

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April 19, 2016

Shingles, also known as zoster, is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. Nearly one out of three people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays inactive …

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March 29, 2016

Thanks to dedicated vaccination efforts the United States has been polio free since 1979. In 2000 the United States had achieved measles elimination, meaning cases of transmission within the U.S. had ceased for a year. After that, however, the disease rebounded and since then cases of measles transmission within the U.S. have continued to rise …

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February 15, 2016

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver which can cause a chronic infection that could lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis B infection affects 350 million people worldwide and 1.2 million people in the U.S. Hepatitis B is not passed casually. Most cases in the world occur as a result of …

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February 4, 2016

HILLSBOROUGH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has confirmed several dozen cases of the rapidly-spreading Zika virus in the United States and a township physician says it won’t be long before people in New Jersey are susceptible to the mosquito-borne disease. On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus …

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February 1, 2016

Food-borne illness is a common, costly — yet preventable — public health problem. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate food so there are many different food borne infections. In addition, poisonous chemicals, or other harmful substances, can cause food-borne diseases …

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January 20, 2016

From: Donald Allegra MD, ID Consultant Re: Zika Virus CDC on Friday 1/15 took the unusual step of issuing a new travel alert at 7PM at night because of concern that the situation was so serious, it could not wait until Monday 1/18. Zika is a mosquito-borne viral infection related to Dengue. It is spread …

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December 15, 2015

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has identified New Jersey based ID CARE as a “Better Performer” in the recently released 2015 Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups Report. Based on 2014 Survey Data, ID CARE, PA was recognized for “superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide.” The MGMA report, a …

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December 15, 2015

To the editor:  I read with great interest Philip Sean Curran’s piece (“Heroin use increase spurs need for forum”) in the Princeton Packet of Nov. 27. I have been concerned for a long time about this issue. There are a number of notable absent points in his story that we have tried to raise …

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December 15, 2015

Infectious mononucleosis (also known as mono) is caused by Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). This infection is most common in childhood and adolescence. In the United States, more than 90 percent of adults have been infected or exposed and have made antibodies to the virus. This virus is spread by oral secretions, or saliva. A common …

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December 15, 2015

Many factors can contribute to a scratchy, painful sensation in your throat. Environmental allergies, post nasal drip, exposure to cigarette smoke are among the non-infectious etiologies. Infections due to viruses are very common, and many sore throats will get better without antibiotic treatment. But a small portion of sore threats are come from Strep throat, …

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November 16, 2015

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the presentation of results from the company’s Phase 3 C-EDGE CO-STAR clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of the investigational once-daily tablet elbasvir/grazoprevir1 (50mg/100mg) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes (GT) 1, 4 or 6 infection …

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May 29, 2015

From: Donald T. Allegra, MD, ID Consultant Re: Lassa Fever On May 25th, the New Jersey Department of Health reported a death from Lassa Fever in a traveler who had come to the US from Liberia. He was asymptomatic when screened at JFK Airport on May 18th and then the next day had sore throat, fever, …

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September 12, 2014

From: Donald T. Allegra, MD, ID Consultant Re: Severe Respiratory Disease Associated With Enterovirus D68 You are probably all aware from news reports that a respiratory illness originating in the Midwest is now spreading rapidly and causing many hospital admissions in children and teenagers. This started on August 19, 2014 when CDC was notified of …

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September 12, 2014

From: Donald T. Allegra, MD, ID Consultant Re: Chikungunya (CHIKV) Virus Alert With all the headline news about the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, there has been very little press about a virus called Chikungunya (CHIKV) which is currently causing epidemics in many Caribbean countries. The virus first appeared in the French area of …

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October 15, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate meningitis outbreak of fungal infections among patients who have received a steroid injection of a potentially contaminated product into the spinal area. Several patients suffered strokes that are believed to have …

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October 14, 2012

Consumers should not eat any products associated with Sunland and should discard them immediately, FDA officials warned. That is especially important for children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, who are most vulnerable to dangerous salmonella infections. The number of products associated with the company’s recall over Salmonella has continued to expand over …

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September 28, 2012

Dale and Thomas Popcorn is voluntarily recalling a limited number of ready-to-eat bags of select flavors of Popcorn, Indiana-brand popcorn products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. Products involved in the recall should not be consumed and may be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund or replacement. The recalled products were …

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September 10, 2012

Forever Cheese inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202, from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy …

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August 26, 2012

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 and a Product Code beginning with “G222” as a precaution due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses are reported in association with the recall. No …

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August 24, 2012

The maker of Trader Joe’s peanut butter tied to a multi-state salmonella outbreak has pulled dozens of additional peanut and almond products because of possible contamination. Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., has voluntarily recalled 76 different products, including three brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter, according to a press release issued Monday. U.S. health officials …

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August 22, 2012

Spence & Co Ltd, Brockton MA, a smoked salmon company is recalling Wellsley Farms brand 16oz Nova Lot: 6704701 and Spence & Co brand 8oz Smoked Trim Lot: 6704701 due to an abundance of caution because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail …

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