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Via KFOR
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Some people carry a hair tie wherever they go by wearing on their wrist like a bracelet. While it is extremely rare, a tight hair tie around the wrist could cause an infection like it did for Audree Kopp in Philadelphia. This infection didn't respond well to antibiotics so it led to surgery. If she had let it go on longer it could have led to sepsis, when an infection gets into the bloodstream.

While this kind of infection is unlikely, the result is alarming enough to make someone with long hair think twice about how they want to carry their hair ties with them.

Infection of The Day: The World Health Organizations is Pretty Sure You Have Herpes
Via WHO
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You probably, maybe, definitely have herpes. And there's nothing you can do about it.

According to a report from the World Health Organization, about 67 percent of the world's population, or 3.7 billion people under the age of 50, have herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

That's the mouth kind of herpes. You know, the one that gives you a cold sore.

Not so fast though! HSV-1 can also spread to the genitals.

"The new estimates highlight, however, that HSV-1 is also an important cause of genital herpes. Some 140 million people aged 15-49 years are infected with genital HSV-1 infection, primarily in the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific. Fewer people in high-income countries are becoming infected with HSV-1 as children, likely due to better hygiene and living conditions, and are instead at risk of contracting it genitally through oral sex after they become sexually active."

In January, estimates showed that 417 million people aged 15-49 years have HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.

So adding those numbers together...over half a billion people have some form of herpes.