• Man dies after amoeba infection from Florida tap water

    A Florida man died after being infected with a rare amoeba while practicing daily sinus rinsing with tap water, the CDC told Fox affiliate WFTX.
  • CDC panel votes in favor of mpox vaccines for at-risk adults

    In a unanimous vote, a CDC advisory panel voted Feb. 22 in favor of recommending mpox vaccination only for at-risk adults. 
  • What experts are saying about the potential for a 2nd flu wave

    Flu activity continues to dwindle nationwide, and although its patterns are hard to predict, experts say there has not been evidence to suggest influenza B will drive a second wave. 
  • FDA expands recall of eye products tied to bacterial infections

    The FDA expanded its recall for eye drops potentially contaminated with a highly drug-resistant bacteria that has hospitalized 16 and blinded six patients, CBS News reported Feb. 22.
  • CDC to probe aftermath of Ohio train derailment

    The CDC is sending epidemiologists and environmental health scientists to the area in Ohio where a train derailed in early February, Politico reported Feb. 21.
  • Climbing norovirus infections have physicians on alert

    Norovirus rates continue to climb after the CDC recently reported 15 percent of test results for the virus are coming back positive nationwide — the highest rate since March, ABC News reported Feb. 10.
  • New exercise goal reduces hospitalizations by up to 23%: Study

    A large, seven-year study found 20 minutes of daily exercise reduced hospitalizations from 4 percent to 23 percent for different conditions, U.S. News and World Report reported Feb. 20.
  • Pennsylvania health department sues to keep medical marajuana approval process secret

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health is suing Spotlight PA after the publication requested information about how patients obtain medical marijuana cards, PBS affiliate WHYY reported Feb. 16.
  • Ohio train derailment prompts health concerns

    A Norfolk Southern freight train transporting six hazardous industrial chemicals derailed Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, leading to concerns of long-term contamination.
  • Protection after COVID-19 infection on par with vaccination, large study finds

    A new study published in The Lancet found immunity acquired from a COVID-19 infection reduced the risk of hospitalization and death from reinfection at levels that are "at least as high, if not higher," than two vaccine doses. Still, experts caution vaccination is the safest path to protection against severe disease. 
  • Spring may bring a COVID-19 uptick, data suggests

    National data tracked by The New York Times indicates the U.S. may see an increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks as test positivity rates rise and more states report a boost in admissions.
  • CDC probing source of multistate Listeria outbreak

    The CDC and FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, Food Safety News reported Feb. 16.
  • White House eyes plan to protect access to COVID-19 care post PHE

    The Biden administration is weighing a tentative plan that would ensure COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests remain free for uninsured individuals into 2024, according to a Feb. 16 report from Politico.
  • Rare Marburg outbreak confirmed by WHO: 5 notes

    Health officials are responding to a rare outbreak of Marburg virus in Equatorial Guinea, the World Health Organization said Feb. 13. The virus, a relative of Ebola, has no known treatments or cures. 
  • Sparrow Health, Michigan medical groups respond to MSU shooting

    Three were killed and five injured in a Feb. 13 shooting at Michigan State University in East Lansing — marking the 67th mass shooting in the United States in 2023, according to The New York Times.
  • Long COVID has more neurological effects than previously thought

    Growing bodies of research continue to shed light on the effects of long COVID-19, including some that is leading one University of California Los Angeles physician, William Pittman, MD, to now say the condition is "a neurological disease" just as much as it is "a pulmonary disease."
  • COVID-19 admissions up in 21 states

    COVID-19 admissions are flat or increasing in nearly half of U.S. states, as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for 4 in 5 infections nationwide, data shows. 
  • Mississippi grapples with 900% increase in infants born with syphilis

    What is being called an "alarming" 900 percent increase in infants being treated for congenital syphilis in Mississippi has health officials concerned, NBC News reported Feb. 11. The increase is also disproportionately affecting Black mothers and infants.
  • Bivalent booster shows higher protection in new study

    Bivalent COVID-19 booster shots have now been directly proven to provide higher levels of protection, according to new information released by the CDC.
  • 3 species of mammals infected by avian flu in Colorado

    Avian flu's continued spread to mammals has health officials paying close attention. Now the H5N1 strain of the virus has been found in three species of mammals in Colorado: a bear, a mountain lion and a skunk, according to Colorado Public Radio.

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