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'Breakthrough' Infections After COVID Vaccine Can Help Prevent Future Illness

It's very frustrating to get a COVID-19 vaccine and then wind up catching the virus anyway.

But these breakthrough infections actually do yo...

Rise in Cases of Kids Infected With Virus Linked to Paralyzing Illness

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Cases of a virus that strikes children and teens and can trigger paralysis in rare cases have been increasing in the United States and could continue to do so this fall, health officials warned Tuesday.

Increases of

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  • September 28, 2022
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  • Two Cases Show COVID Virus Mutating Around Standard Treatment Remdesivir

    Patients with weakened immune systems could be inadvertently helping COVID-19 develop resistance to the antiviral drug remdesivir, a new study reports.

    After lengthy COVID infections, two kidney transplant patients on immune-suppressing drugs to prevent organ rejection developed a mutated version of SARS-CoV-2 resistant to remdesivir, according to

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  • September 28, 2022
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  • 4.4 Million Americans Have Gotten Updated COVID Boosters

    At least 4.4 million Americans have received the updated COVID-19 booster shot.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts decried President Joe Biden's televised claim that "the pandemic is over."

    The White Hous...

    FDA Warns Against Overuse of TPOXX Monkeypox Drug

    U.S. health officials are advising doctors not to overuse the only antiviral for monkeypox because there is a risk of the virus mutating and rendering the drug useless.

    TPOXX ...

    Which Drugs Fight COVID Best? WHO Updates Treatment Guidelines

    In updated guidance issued Thursday, the World Health Organization now recommends against using the antibody drugs sotrovimab and casirivimab-imdevimab for patients with COVID-19.

    This recommendation replaces previous conditional recommendation for these antibody drugs. The change in guidance was based on emerging evidence that the medications -- which work by binding to the SARS-CoV-2 sp...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

    Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

    New case numbers are down by nearly half since early August, White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said in a Thursday media briefing....

    Got COVID? Flushing Out Nasal Passages Could Cut Severity

    Battling COVID and eager to do anything that will limit you to a mild infection?

    Grab a neti pot, a new study advises.

    Flushing your sinus cavity twice daily with a mild saline solution can significantly reduce a COVID ...

    First U.S. Monkeypox Death Confirmed in California

    Monkeypox was the cause of death in a Los Angeles County adult last week, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    This is the first known death from monkeypox to be reported in the United States.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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  • September 13, 2022
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  • Pandemic Silver Lining: Drop in Infections That Cause Birth Defects

    The number of babies born with a virus that commonly causes birth defects may have dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.

    That was true in Minnesota, the first state to start screening all newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).

    In the five years leading up to the pandemic, about 1 in every 200 babies was born with CMV. That dropped to 1 in...

    Second Person in U.S. Dies After Monkeypox Diagnosis

    A second person in the United States infected with monkeypox has died in California.

    As in the earlier case in Texas, public health officials are investigating what role the virus may have played in the death of this second patient.

    "We will be doing an autopsy. S...

    Monkeypox Can Harm the Heart

    Monkeypox, the contagious virus that causes a blister-like skin rash, may also cause heart problems, according to a new case study.

    In findings published Sept. 2 in JACC: Case Reports, doctors in Portugal described a 31-year-old patient with monkeypox who developed acute myocarditis about a week ...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Are Declining

    While the number of Americans with known monkeypox infections is dropping, that may signal what's happening in big cities, experts say.

    It is not the end of the outbreak, they warn.

    Cases are down about 40% in the United States, an NBC News analysis finds. The seven-day avera...

    Can You Get Monkeypox at the Gym?

    Yes, you can get monkeypox at the gym, but there's no need to panic, one expert says.

    “We have plenty of ways to protect ourselves in this setting,” said Dr. Thomas Giordano, ...

    A Dermatologist on Recognizing the Monkeypox Rash

    Anyone who gets a new, unexplained skin rash should call their doctor and get medical care in case it's monkeypox, public health officials advise.

    How can you tell when it is time to worry?

    The American Academy of Dermatology offers some tips for helping distinguish monkeypox from other health i...

    First U.S. Monkeypox Death Reported in Texas

    A Texas patient who was infected with monkeypox has died, though state health officials said Tuesday it's too early to say what role the virus may have played in the death.

    The adult, who died in a hospital in Harris County, was "severely immunocompromised" and had "various severe illnesses," health officials...

    Small Study Supports TPOXX as Monkeypox Treatment

    The drug tecovirimat appears to be safe and effective for treating the symptoms and skin lesions of monkeypox, a small study suggests.

    Tecovirimat (TPOXX) is an antiviral drug for the treatment of smallpox. It works by limiting spread of the virus in the body. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has al...

    Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

    Although there's now enough monkeypox vaccine to go around, the Americans who need it most still may not be getting it, a new report shows.

    Only 10% of the Jynneos vaccine doses have been

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  • August 29, 2022
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  • Gay Men Are Cutting Back on Sex to Avoid Monkeypox

    A survey conducted among American gay and bisexual men in early August found about half saying they'd cut down on sexual activity -- including one-night stands and app-based hookups -- in response to the global monkeypox outbreak.

    The survey, conducted online Aug. 5-15, was led by Kevin Delaney...

    Monkeypox Cases May Finally Be Ebbing, With Declines Seen in Europe, WHO Says

    The number of monkeypox cases around the world dropped by 21% in the last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday.

    This significant decline may signal that the outbreak in Europe is finally waning, the WHO

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  • August 25, 2022
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  • Fecal Transplant Treatments Could Transmit Monkeypox, FDA Warns

    Fecal transplant treatments could infect patients with monkeypox, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.

    Since May, an outbreak of monkeypox has been spreading in multiple countries, including the United States. Nearly 16,000 people in the United States have already been infected with...

    Michigan Officials Puzzled by Mysterious Deaths of 30 Dogs

    Health authorities are investigating a parvovirus-like illness that has killed more than 30 dogs in northern Michigan, most within three days.

    The dogs died in Otsego County after showing symptoms such as vomiting and bloody stool, signs of canine parvovirus, but tests were negative for the virus, according to a Facebook

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  • August 24, 2022
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  • COVID Virus' Incubation Time Gets Shorter With Each New Variant

    If you get infected with COVID-19, the time from infection to possible onset of symptoms -- the incubation period -- is significantly shorter now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, new research shows.

    Researchers in China who looked at data from 142 different studies found tha...

    Dog Contracts Monkeypox From Owners, Prompting Change to CDC Guidance

    Adding yet another wrinkle to the monkeypox outbreak, a new case study suggests that people can pass the virus on to their pet dogs.

    Therefore, people who are infected with the virus should avoid close c...

    How Worried Should You Be About New Reports on Polio?

    Poliovirus detected in New York City wastewater last week put public health officials on high alert, as it indicates the potentially paralyzing virus is circulating widely in the area.

    But infectious disease experts say there's no need for families of fully vaccinated children to panic.

    "The inactivated p...

    Monkeypox May Get New Name to Curb Stigma

    Monkeypox could soon get a new name.

    The World Health Organization announced Friday that it plans to rename the condition to eliminate any derogatory or racist connotations, a decision in alignment with...

    TPOXX Is the Only Monkeypox Treatment -- If You Can Get It

    What if a rare viral illness with the potential to cause excruciating pain was in fact treatable, but the only drug for that use was nearly impossible to get, despite being in plentiful supply?

    That is precisely the dilemma now confronting thousands of monkeypox patients across the United States.

    "I was ...

    Climate Change Making 218 Infectious Diseases Even Worse

    Flooding, heat waves and drought have made 58% of infectious diseases worse, a new analysis claims.

    For the review of previous studies, published Aug. 8 in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers found that 218 of the known 375 infectious diseases have been made worse by climate change, including

    Australia's Current Flu Season Is Tough: Will America's Be the Same?

    As the worst flu season in five years winds down in Australia, U.S. health officials are bracing for similar severity this coming fall.

    Why? The flu season in Southern Hemisphere countries like Australia can often predict the potential for a similar experience in Northern Hemisphere countries.

    "We watch all of the South...

    Cases of Potentially Deadly Parechovirus in Infants Are Surging

    Parechovirus, a virus that can cause severe illness in infants, is on the rise in parts of the United States.

    Twenty-nine infants were admitted to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville this year, which includes 23 admitted during a six-week period this spring, according to a new study. By contrast, only 19 cases were detected over five months in 2018...

    New U.S. Monkeypox Coordinator Named as California, Illinois Declare Public Health Emergencies

    The White House announced Tuesday that Robert Fenton Jr., a regional administrator with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been named the country's new monkeypox coordinator.

    The news came as two more states joined New York, New York City and San Francisco in declaring monkeypox a public health emer...

    Having Kids Around Might Shield You From Severe COVID: Study

    Folks with young kids at home may be less likely than others to develop severe COVID-19, a new study suggests.

    Children bring home colds from day care and school and give them to their parents, and it's thought those lower-level infections may ultimately defend Mom and Dad from the worst of COVID. Both common colds and COVID-19 are coronaviruses, so the theory goes that getting one might ...

    'Unbearable': 3 Patients Tell of Monkeypox Ordeal

    What do a small business owner in the American Midwest, a corporate manager in Sao Paolo and a real estate lawyer in London all have in common?

    All three are gay men. And though they're scattered across three continents, each has joined the ranks of more than 21,000 patients across 79 countries who are waging unexpected battles against a rare viral infection,

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  • August 1, 2022
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  • Flies, Roaches Probably Don't Spread COVID

    You may not have even considered the possibility, but new research finds that flies and roaches are not likely to spread COVID-19.

    Although public health professionals and officials now have a better understanding of how COVID-19 spreads, there are lingering concerns about whether it can spread indirectly through contaminated surfaces, animals or insects.

    According to study co-autho...

    San Francisco, N.Y. State Declare Monkeypox Public Health Emergencies

    Both San Francisco and New York state declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday, as they struggle to gain access to more resources to help contain the spread of the virus.

    About 40% of the 4,907 monkeypox cases recorded in the United States have been

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  • July 29, 2022
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  • Current Monkeypox Outbreak Is Showing Different Symptoms

    The monkeypox illness now spreading around the globe is showing some symptoms that are very different from those seen in previous outbreaks, a new study shows.

    These unique symptoms include rectal pain, penile swelling, solitary lesions and swollen tonsils, researchers report in the July 28 issue of the

    US to Send Out 800,000 Doses of Monkeypox Vaccine

    Amid public concerns about a slow government response to monkeypox, U.S. health regulators on Wednesday signed off on the distribution of another 800,000 doses of vaccine to stem the outbreak.

    The additional shots of the Jynneos vacci...

    Ancient DNA Points to Oral Herpes' Beginnings

    While the herpes virus that causes lip sores is common today, it has been difficult for scientists to find traces of it among ancient remains.

    Now, researchers report they have uncovered and sequenced four ancient herpes virus

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  • July 28, 2022
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  • 'On Edge': Anxious Americans Line Up for Scarce Monkeypox Vaccines

    With 19,000 cases now reported in 75 countries, the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a global “public health emergency,” its highest level...

    Biden Administration May Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

    As monkeypox continues to spread, with nearly 3,500 cases now reported in the United States, the Biden administration is weighing whether to declare the outbreak a public health emergency.

    The administration may also name a White House coordinator to supervise the response, all in an effort to ...

    COVID Reinfections Are Now Common. Will Getting a Booster Even Help?

    Everyone in the United States knows someone -- often multiple someones -- who have been reinfected with COVID-19.

    Despite vaccines, boosters and natural immunity, the highly infectious Omicron variant appears capable of getting around whatever protection you might have gained against SARS-CoV-2.

    Even P...

    WHO Declares Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency

    Monkeypox, which has now spread to 75 countries and sickened at least 16,000 people, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The declaration came after WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus overruled a panel of advisors that could not come...

    As Monkeypox Cases Spike, U.S. Orders More Vaccine, Boosts Testing

    With monkeypox cases continuing to climb in the United States, federal health officials said Friday they have ordered another 2.5 million doses of monkeypox vaccine and boosted national testing capacity to respond to the outbreak.

    The news comes not a moment too soon, as demand for the vaccine outstrips supply and clinics in some American cities run out of supplies almost as soon as they ...

    CDC Warns of Dangerous Virus Infecting Babies in Multiple States

    A virus dangerous to infants is spreading across the United States, and parents and pediatricians should be on the lookout for symptoms, federal health officials say.

    Parechovirus has caused at least one infant death and has cropped up in multiple states since May, according to a health advisory issued by the U....

    Coronaviruses Can Survive on Frozen Meat for a Month

    Had COVID? You might want to clean your freezer out.

    A new study suggests that cousins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive on frozen meat and fish for up to 30 days.

    The research -- prompted by COVID outbreaks in Asia in which packaged meat was suspected as the virus' source -- was conducted on frozen c...

    New Omicron Subvariant Is Spreading in India, U.S.

    As the coronavirus continues to evolve, a new highly contagious Omicron variant is appearing in India and other nations, including the United States, experts say.

    This new mutation - dubbed BA.2.75 - is concerning scientists because it appears to spread fast, bypassing the protection offered by C...

    WHO Says Global Monkeypox Cases Have Jumped 77% in One Week

    More than 6,000 monkeypox cases in 59 countries have surfaced since the outbreak began in May, the World Health Organization confirmed Thursday.

    The United Nation's health agency reported a 77% rise in cases on Thursday, wit...

    Some Viruses Make People More Attractive to Mosquitoes

    When a mosquito bites and infects you with a virus like dengue or Zika, it also makes you smell good to other mosquitos, new research suggests.

    That makes it more likely another one will bite, pick up the virus and carry it to the next victim.

    "The virus can manipulate the hosts' skin microbiome to attract more mosquitoes to spread faster!" said study co-author Penghua Wang, an immu...

    FDA Tells Vaccine Makers to Update Boosters to Target Omicron Subvariants

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has asked vaccine makers to update their COVID-19 booster shots to target the Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5.

    The two highly contagious subvariants now account for more than half of all new COVID cases in the United States...

    Harnessing a Virus to Fight a Killer Brain Tumor in Kids

    A therapy that uses a virus to kill tumor cells can be safely given to children with a rare, incurable form of brain cancer, an early study has found.

    The study -- published June 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine -- involved just 12 children with the disease, called

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  • June 30, 2022
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