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Hundreds of Promgoers Potentially Infected by Venue Worker with Hepatitis A




Students of two high schools in Florida have been declared to be potentially exposed to Hepatitis A virus. This was after a worker at the venue, where their proms were held, tested positive to the virus. The students who attend Central High School, Brooksville and F. W. Springstead High School were notified after the Hernando County health department affirmed an employee of the Silverthorn Country Club is positive to the virus. The employee is suspected to have unknowingly infected patrons between 12th and 30th of April, 2019. Central High students held their prom on 13th April while Springstead High School students held theirs on 27th April.

People who have consumed drinks or food from the restaurant between 12th and 16th of April have been asked to pay attention to symptoms which include abdominal discomfort, darkened urine, pale white stools, yellow skins or eyes, diarrhea, and fever. The health department will administer free hepatitis A vaccines on May 1-3 and May 6-8.

Alyssa Fiorvante, one of the students who attended prom at the venue finds it unbelievable and unnerving that they all have to go out of their way because they ate and drank at the Country Club’s restaurant.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver which can be prevented by vaccines. It is usually spread via consumption of contaminated drinks and food and the fecal-oral route. It does not result in a chronic medical condition as the symptoms usually become resolved in two months or less.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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9 Simple Steps to Dealing with a Broken Tooth




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It’s movie night, and you have an obligatory bowlful of popcorn balancing on your lap. You toss a handful of popcorn and — crack — you unknowingly bite down on a kernel with the full power of your jaw. 

Lightning strikes your mouth as you realize this humble kernel broke your tooth. 

Now what? 

Besides pausing the movie and spitting out your mouthful of popcorn and tooth, you might not know your next steps. 

What should you do, and how can you pay for it? Find the answers to these questions and more below:

1. Save the Pieces 

If possible, save any broken pieces of the tooth. Your dentist might need these pieces.

2. Rinse Your Mouth 

Gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Avoid using hot or cold water, as it might aggravate any exposed nerves. 

3. Control Bleeding 

If you bleed, apply gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth or gauze. You can also use a cold compress on your jaw or cheek to reduce swelling.

4. Contact Your Dentist

Reach out to your dentist immediately. Explain the situation and try to schedule an emergency appointment. Many dentists reserve slots for urgent cases. If they don’t have a spot available, look at specialty emergency clinics in your area.

5. Get Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

Broken and chipped teeth can hurt, so take some over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage this pain until you can see your dentist. 

6. Check Insurance Coverage

Review your dental insurance policy to understand coverage details. Some policies may cover emergency procedures, while others may have limitations.

7. Discuss Payment Options

If cost is a concern, discuss financing options with your dentist. Some dental offices offer flexible arrangements that give you a break. If you qualify for these plans, you might be able to push out your due date to coincide with your payday. You may even be able to break up your total outstanding amount over several payments. 

8. Take out a Personal Loan

If you’re just shy of what you need to cover your emergency dental expense, consider going online to scope out personal loans. A personal loan may fill in for savings in urgent situations. You can quickly visit a website like MoneyKey to see what you need to apply. If approved, a personal loan gives you the means to pay for your visit upfront and pay off what you owe over time. 

9. Consider Urgent Care Clinics

If your financial situation is such that you can’t afford a personal loan’s payments, reconsider your choice of dentist. Some dental practices apply a sliding scale to their services so that they can provide immediate care at a lower cost for at-risk individuals. 

Next Steps: Thinking About the Future

So, you’ve managed to repair your tooth and pay the bill, too. What’s next? Make sure you hit these three goals soon. They can help you prevent another broken tooth in the future!

  1. Stay on Top of Dental Hygiene: Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day — these simple habits can protect your teeth over time. 
  2. Schedule Regular Checkups: Keeping up with regular cleanings can also help you prevent future dental emergencies. 
  3. Build an Emergency Fund: Sometimes, accidents happen. Consider building an emergency fund specifically for unexpected dental emergencies.
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