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Gulf Coast tests confirm deadly tropical soil bacterium now endemic to US

Gulf Coast tests confirm deadly tropical soil bacterium now endemic to...

Enlarge / Burkholderia pseudomallei grown on sheep blood agar for 24 hours. B. pseudomallei is a Gram-negative aerobic bacteria, and it's the causative agent of melioidosis. For years, health officials in the US noted sporadic, mysterious cases of a foreign bacterial infection, called melioidosis. The infection—which is difficult to diagnose, tricky to treat, and often…
WHO declares monkeypox an international emergency as child cases raise alarm [Updated]

WHO declares monkeypox an international emergency as child cases raise alarm...

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. Update 7/23/2022 11:00am ET: The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the multinational monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), the agency's highest level of alert. On Thursday, the WHO convened an emergency committee of experts…
Child’s monkeypox case raises alarm as WHO mulls declaring health emergency

Child’s monkeypox case raises alarm as WHO mulls declaring health emergency

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. The World Health Organization is currently reconsidering whether to declare the booming multinational monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), the agency's highest level of alert. The deliberations come as the global tally of monkeypox cases…
Polio detected in US—in same NY county with explosive measles outbreak in 2019 [Updated]

Polio detected in US—in same NY county with explosive measles outbreak...

Enlarge / Kids line up to get their polio vaccines at the Woodbury Avenue School in Huntington, New York, on April 27, 1954.  Health officials in New York have detected a case of polio, marking the first case of the dangerous viral disease in the United States in years. The case was detected in a…
BA.5 skyrockets in US, now accounting for 78% of cases

BA.5 skyrockets in US, now accounting for 78% of cases

The omicron coronavirus subvariant BA.5 is hurtling toward complete domination in the US, now accounting for an estimated 78 percent of the country's cases—which are also on the rise. The breakneck takeover is stunning, with BA.5 showing a significant growth advantage over all other lineages and sublineages. In the US, that seems to include BA.4,…
US monkeypox cases hit 1,470; CDC says more coming, and we’re short on vaccines

US monkeypox cases hit 1,470; CDC says more coming, and we’re...

Enlarge / A vial of the Monkeypox vaccine is displayed by a medical professional at a vaccination site at the Northwell Health offices at Cherry Grove on Fire Island, New York, on July 13, 2022. US monkeypox cases hit 1,470 this week, and federal officials reported Friday that they expect the tally to continue rising…
Novavax’s COVID vaccine finally wins FDA authorization for use in unvaccinated

Novavax’s COVID vaccine finally wins FDA authorization for use in unvaccinated

Enlarge / Empty vials of the Novavax Inc. Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine arranged at the Tegel Vaccine Center in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, March 7, 2022. The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued a long-awaited authorization for Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine. It is the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to gain authorization in the US, but it's…
Feds may expand 2nd boosters to all adults as anxiety surges over BA.5 wave

Feds may expand 2nd boosters to all adults as anxiety surges...

The swift rise of omicron subvariant BA.5—with its increased immune-evading abilities and demonstrable growth advantage—has federal officials on edge. In a flurry of activity late Monday and early Tuesday, officials doubled down on pandemic measures, renewed calls for vigilance, and are considering expanding eligibility of second boosters to all adults. In a press briefing Tuesday…
Moderna to make two different omicron boosters: one for US, another for UK, EU

Moderna to make two different omicron boosters: one for US, another...

Enlarge / A vial containing Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine at a vaccination center. The type of COVID-19 booster dose you get later this year could depend on where you live. Vaccine maker Moderna is working up two omicron-targeting boosters for different countries. If the company's plans pan out, it will mark the first time that…
How hiring the wrong medical “expert” derailed US pandemic response

How hiring the wrong medical “expert” derailed US pandemic response

Enlarge / Scott Atlas, a White House adviser, used his position to advocate for allowing the SARS-CoV-2 virus to spread and tried to block testing for it, which would further that goal. While one congressional committee seems to be grabbing all the headlines recently, other investigations of the Trump administration have continued in the background.…

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