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Around the world, 246 children die every day from measles. The problem is that many children around the world do not have access to vaccines a…

OSKALOOSA — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, scores of small pink flags were placed in the Downtown Oskaloosa square. The flags withstood the rain and wind on Friday, Oct. 6, but attendees of a planned walk were forced inside to Penn Central Mall.

Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have left behind will almost certainly cause an explosion of the mosquito population.

We live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when we share a handshake or a seat on the plane.