• CDC: Number of babies born with syphilis increase 1022%

    Compared to 2012, more than 10 times as many congenital syphilis cases were reported in 2022, marking a 1,022% jump in newborn syphilis cases, according to CDC data released Nov. 7.
  • Maine shooting survivor discharged from hospital

    Central Maine Medical Center has discharged the first of three patient survivors of the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston that killed 18 and wounded 13. 
  • 300+ warned about possible tuberculosis exposure at California casino

    Health officials in Northern California have contacted more than 300 people who could have been exposed to tuberculosis at a casino in Pacheco.
  • ED visits for flu, RSV tick up

    Weekly emergency department visits for flu and respiratory syncytial virus have been on the rise the past few weeks, while visits for COVID-19 have decreased. 
  • 6 states, DC reporting moderate, high flu activity: 4 things to know

    Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico and the District of Columbia, are the only areas of the nation reporting moderate to high levels of flu activity, according to CDC data as of Nov. 3. 
  • CDC expands COVID, flu, RSV surveillance at major airports

    Four major airports across the U.S. will become sites of an expanded infectious disease surveillance effort from the CDC's Traveler-based Genomic Surveillance program, according to a Nov. 6 news release. 
  • Child firearm injuries doubled during pandemic

    Hospital emergency departments saw child firearm injuries nearly double during the pandemic, a new study found.
  • How NYC health officials plan to reverse declining life expectancy

    Life expectancy for New York City residents dropped by nearly five years between 2019 and 2020, and now, the health department is launching a campaign to target the contributing factors that led to the decline. 
  • 2nd case of dengue confirmed in California

    A second case of rare, locally acquired dengue has been confirmed by California health officials in Long Beach. The report comes just over a week after a first was reported in Pasadena.
  • US infant death rate rises for 1st time in 20 years

    Infant mortality in the U.S. went up 3% between 2021 and 2022, according to a CDC report published Nov. 1. It's the first time the rate has gone up year over year since 2001-2002. 
  • CDC debuts tools for hospital leaders to combat employee burnout

    The CDC has launched a federal campaign to offer hospital leaders a collection of resources to strengthen workplace policies around employee well-being and to reduce healthcare worker burnout. 
  • Optometry association issues alert over latest FDA eye drop recall

    Following on the heels of the FDA's updated recall list of contaminated eye drops, the American Optometric Association issued an alert Oct. 31 warning individuals to completely halt usage of the 26 products in question.
  • Admissions, vaccines and a new variant: 5 COVID-19 updates

    A new omicron subvariant, HV.1, now accounts for more than a quarter of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., CDC data shows. Meanwhile, uptake of the new vaccine has been slow and new hospital admissions continue to decline. 
  • The type of virus that may cause the next pandemic

    While some health experts suggest that the next pandemic could be between five and 10 years away, what that pandemic could be caused by and if the U.S. will be ready for it are separate questions. 
  • FDA warns of infection risk from 26 eye drop products

    The FDA issued an alert Oct. 27 warning consumers to stop using 26 over-the-counter eye drop products because of the potential risk of eye infection that could lead to partial vision loss or blindness. 
  • New COVID strain dominant in US: 4 notes

    A new COVID-19 variant, HV.1, is now dominant in the U.S., accounting for more than 25% of cases, according to the latest CDC data. 
  • CDC director greenlights mpox, meningitis vaccines

    CDC Director Mandy Cohen, MD, signed off on new committee recommendations for two vaccines: mpox and meningitis.
  • Detecting COVID-19 gets murkier ahead of winter months

    A quarter of the nation's CDC-sponsored wastewater testing sites are shut down indefinitely as the agency looks to replace the firm it has worked with on wastewater surveillance since 2020, sparking concerns among public health officials that the nation will have little insight into COVID-19's spread as colder months arrive, Politico reported Oct. 26. 
  • CDC panel recommends broader use of mpox vaccine

    A CDC vaccine advisory group recommended the two-dose mpox vaccine for people 18 and older who are at higher risk, according to an Oct. 25 report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
  • CDC advisory panel OKs Pfizer's 5 in 1 meningitis vaccine

    The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices formally recommended Pfizer's meningitis vaccine Oct. 25, five days after the FDA granted it full approval.

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