• COVID-19 admissions rise for 5th straight week: 5 updates

    COVID-19-related hospital admissions rose for a fifth straight week at 12.5 percent and deaths were up for the first time this summer by 10 percent, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 
  • Hawaii wildfires: HHS declares PHE, state manages hospital capacity

    HHS declared a public health emergency Aug. 11 for the state of Hawaii due to wildfires, with the extension of resources and flexibilities retroactive to the day the fires began.
  • Long COVID-19 cases fell in the last year: CDC

    The CDC found the percentage of adults experiencing long COVID-19 has fallen in the last year.
  • Suicide hits at all time high in 2022: CDC

    The year 2022 saw the highest number of suicides in U.S. history with 49,449 people taking their own lives, the CDC found.
  • C. diff in kids: 5 notes

    The prevalence of Clostridium difficile infections in children has increased over the years, with more than 20,000 cases reported annually, according to research published Aug. 10 in Pediatrics.
  • Minnesota tracking TB outbreak

    Health officials in Minnesota are reportedly tracking a tuberculosis outbreak with seven confirmed cases and a possible eighth across three counties, ABC affiliate KSTP reported Aug. 9.
  • US unveils 1st dashboard tracking heat-related illnesses

    With hospitals reporting packed emergency rooms and halted surgeries as parts of the nation swelter, the HHS launched the first national dashboard to track heat-related illnesses Aug. 9. 
  • 'We need it now': Experts worry over timeline for new COVID-19 shots

    Some experts are concerned that new COVID-19 shots that would be more effective at preventing severe disease from current circulating strains than the existing bivalent booster won't be ready soon enough. 
  • 10 states where COVID-19 admissions are rising fastest

    COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. are ticking up again, albeit from record lows. There were 9,056 new admissions for the week ending July 29, marking a 12.5 percent jump from the previous week. 
  • Physicians should 'think fungus' amid rising infections, CDC expert says

    Fungal infections have been on the rise since COVID-19's inception, but public health tracking tools, tests, and data systems in the U.S. are not quite where they need to be yet, Tom Chiller, MD, CDC's head of mycotic diseases, told Becker's. 
  • Man contracts infection from unknown bacteria after cat bite: Case study

    A man bitten by a stray cat in the U.K. developed an infection from a bacterial species that wasn't present in any DNA database, researchers reported in a case study published in the August edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases. 
  • US has a new dominant coronavirus variant

    A variant the World Health Organization and CDC began tracking in mid-July, XBB-offshoot EG.5, became the dominant COVID-19 variant in the first week of August, according to CDC data.
  • Why experts anticipate new COVID-19 shots to be effective, despite flurry of strains 

    New COVID-19 shots targeting omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 are slated to be ready in September. That strain only accounts for about 10 percent of U.S. cases, though experts say other circulating strains are similar enough to XBB.1.5 that the new shots should still be effective. 
  • Missouri officials warn of possible measles exposure at Barnes Jewish Hospital

    Health officials in Missouri are warning the public about a risk of possible measles exposure at three different locations — including at Barnes Jewish Hospital, an urgent care clinic and a fitness center in the greater St. Louis region in late July, according to an Aug. 7 news release. 
  • Physicians warn against new TikTok trend

    A new TikTok trend that promotes the use of castor oil for improved eyesight and reduced wrinkles has ophthalmologists concerned, NBC News reported Aug. 5.
  • 1st human swine flu cases of 2023 confirmed

    Two residents in Michigan have contracted swine flu viruses, marking the first human cases in 2023, the CDC confirmed Aug. 4. 
  • Valley fever prevalence may be 3X higher than previously thought: CDC

    Every year in the U.S., there may be more than 500,000 cases of fungal infections caused by Coccidioides — more than three times the amount of previous estimates, according to CDC data cited by CBS News in an Aug. 4 report. 
  • 6 COVID-19 updates you may have missed

    The most recent CDC data continues to show a rise in COVID-19's presence across multiple national indicators including hospital admissions, emergency department visits, test positivity, and wastewater levels, but deaths due to the virus remain largely unchanged at 1 percent.
  • West Coast clinicians should prepare for West Nile, experts say

    Seventeen states have reported cases of West Nile virus since 2023 began, according to CDC data. And while these have frequently occurred in the middle of the U.S. as well as in southern states, now, some experts are saying West Coast clinicians should prepare, CNN reported Aug. 3.
  • Will there be another 'tripledemic'? 3 infectious disease experts weigh in

    Inching closer to respiratory virus season, physicians are starting to get a clearer picture of what to prepare for this fall — which will mark the first virus season where COVID-19 has not been a public health emergency. 

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