• 25 states where virus activity is still high

    Most parts of the country have seen hospitalizations for COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus drop in recent weeks. However, the CDC anticipates the nation could see a second wave of flu and "many more weeks" of disease circulation, according to the latest update on where things stand with respiratory viruses. 
  • CDC weighs recommendation for spring COVID booster

    The CDC may recommend an additional COVID-19 booster this spring, but likely only for those who are most vulnerable to the virus, NBC News reported Feb. 15. 
  • Long COVID research gets $515M boost

    The National Institutes of Health will pump an additional $515 million into researching long COVID-19, the agency announced Feb. 13.
  • EMS care varies widely, 1st study of its kind finds

    Forgoing the usual metrics for emergency medical services, researchers evaluated more than 9,000 EMS companies through 11 measures. They found large discrepancies in patient care.
  • Pediatric illness that declined during pandemic sees sudden uptick in California

    Kawasaki disease, an acute febrile illness that affects children, declined by 50% during COVID-19, but physicians at San Diego, Calif.-based Rady Children’s Hospital have noticed a resurgence, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Feb. 13.
  • 23 states where virus activity remains high

    Emergency departments are finally seeing some reprieve after weeks of capacity issues exacerbated by respiratory virus activity across the U.S. Visits to the ER for respiratory viruses continue to follow a downward trend, but the amount of respiratory illnesses in circulation is still elevated overall, CDC data shows.
  • CDC names permanent director of HIV prevention agency

    The CDC has appointed Robyn Neblett Fanfair, MD, as the permanent director of the Division of HIV Prevention, which falls under the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, according to a Feb. 12 news release.
  • Measles outbreak: 6 updates

    In early 2024, clusters of measles outbreaks have appeared in at least six states. Here is a quick timeline of events:
  • CDC to loosen COVID isolation guidance for 1st time since 2021

    The CDC plans to do away with its five-day COVID isolation guidance, aiming to put the recommendations more in line with those for flu and respiratory syncytial virus, officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.
  • CDC tracking new SARS-CoV-2 variant: 5 notes

    The U.S. is now monitoring BA.2.87.1, a new SARS-CoV-2 variant with more than 30 changes in the coronavirus spike protein. 
  • Alaska reports 1st known death from Alaskapox

    An older adult in Alaska died after contracting 'Alaskapox' — a form of orthopox virus which was discovered in 2015. It is the first reported death due to the virus, according to a Feb. 9 news release from the Alaska Division of Public Health.
  • 2 regions where flu is rising

    The CDC's latest update shows flu activity increased in Central and Midwestern states in the week ending Feb. 3. 
  • The challenge with drugs to treat fungal infections

    The quantity and risk of fungal infections continues to grow worldwide, particularly as global temperatures warm, creating new environments for fungus to thrive, but drugs to treat these new and emerging infections haven't kept the same pace.
  • Rhinovirus spurs more children's hospitalizations

    Respiratory syncytial virus is the leading pathogen for infant hospitalizations, but a second contender is close behind in prevalence: human rhinovirus. 
  • Michigan man dies from rare fungal infection

    A 29-year-old Michigan man died Feb. 3 after a severe blastomycosis infection, according to CBS News. The infections are caused by the fungus called Blastomyces.
  • Deadly meningitis outbreak linked to aggressive fungus

    After 12 patients died from a meningitis outbreak in 2023, researchers discovered the cause was an epidural contaminated with the fungus Fusarium solani, according to findings published Feb. 8 in The New England Journal of Medicine. 
  • CDC releases syphilis testing recommendations

    Amid a yearslong increase in syphilis cases, the CDC published new recommendations for syphilis testing in labs Feb. 8. 
  • 4 blinded from contaminated eye drops: 5 updates

    On Feb. 5, the CDC, FDA and local health officials released their findings on a recent outbreak of bacteria and fungi stemming from contaminated eye drops.
  • HHS, CDC detail vector-borne disease strategy crafted by 17 federal agencies

    The U.S. government has unveiled a National Public Health Strategy to Prevent and Control Vector-Borne Diseases in People, which 17 federal departments and agencies jointly worked to develop.
  • The two-arm strategy for vaccinations

    Delivering multiple vaccines in both arms, rather than just one, substantially increases antibody responses, new research suggests. 

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