Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 201308/21/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Americans Warned About Cholera Risk in Cuba
American travelers to Cuba should avoid street food and under-
or uncooked dishes such as ceviche to reduce their risk of
contracting cholera, says a U.S. government advisory issued
Several foreigners -- an Italian, two Venezuelans and two
Chileans -- who visited Cuba were sickened by cholera in late July
and early August, according to the Pan American Health
Last summer, Cuban officials acknowledged a rare outbreak of the
waterborne disease. This January, authorities announced 51 new
cases of cholera in Havana, but have provided no updates since
Cholera can cause death from severe dehydration but is treatable
if detected in time, the
Health Insurance Premiums Rose 4 to 5 Percent in 2012
For the second year in a row, there were modest increases in
premiums for employer-provided health insurance, a new survey
The findings suggest that once-extreme health care inflation may
The New York Timesreported.
The Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that the average
annual premium for a family is now $16,351, up 4 percent from last
year. Of that amount, workers paid an average of $4,565.
Annual individual premiums for workers rose nearly 5 percent,
from $5,884 in 2011 to $5,615 in 2012. The average employee's
contribution is $999,
The modest 4 percent increase in family premiums is still much
higher than the 1.8 average increase in wages last year, the
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