• CDC expands polio wastewater testing to more states

    The CDC is expanding wastewater testing for polio in certain areas of the country to determine whether the virus is circulating outside of New York, where an unvaccinated person in Rockland County contracted a case of paralytic polio this summer. 
  • 'The floodgates opened': Flu hits hospitals

    In a one week period, new flu hospitalizations in the U.S. rose nearly 30 percent, and experts say cases are expected to continue rising in the coming weeks. 
  • COVID-19 admissions up in 32 states

    COVID-19 hospitalizations have ticked up nationwide in recent weeks amid concerns of a potential winter surge, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
  • How COVID-19 has changed what we know about the flu

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts didn't believe the flu could be contained. But, when flu transmission came to a halt during the pandemic, scientists were able to gain a new understanding of the virus. 
  • Ohio's measles outbreak grows: 4 notes

    At least 44 unvaccinated children in the Columbus, Ohio, region have been infected with measles since the first few cases were confirmed in early November, according to a dashboard run by the city's health department. 
  • Amid lack of guidance, COVID-19 long haulers spend thousands on unproven treatments

    Nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical community is still a long way from being able to effectively treat and diagnose the long lasting symptoms millions of Americans experience. In turn, many who are desperate to find relief are spending thousands of dollars on new remedies with little data to support their use, The Washington Post reported Nov. 25.
  • 70% of US reports high or very high flu activity: 8 FluView notes

    Thirty-five states and regions are now reporting "high" or "very high" flu activity levels, according to the CDC's latest FluView report.
  • CDC now tracking subvariant XBB: 3 notes

    The CDC has begun tracking omicron subvariant XBB, which is now estimated to account for 3.1 percent of U.S. cases. 
  • Measles is 'imminent' global threat, CDC and WHO say

    The pandemic spurred major setbacks in global efforts to eliminate measles, making the disease an "imminent threat" for every part of the world, the CDC and World Health Organization said Nov. 23.  
  • RSV could be at peak, Fauci says: 3 updates

    The nationwide surge of respiratory syncytial virus — now at a critical point as pediatric hospitals request additional beds — may be at or near its peak, Anthony Fauci, MD, told CBS News' Face the Nation on Nov. 27. 
  • The pandemic continues: 9 in 10 COVID-19 deaths are in people 65+

    Nearly 9 in 10 COVID-19 deaths in 2022 occur in people 65 and older, The Washington Post reported Nov. 28.
  • Thanksgiving may accelerate 'tripledemic,' experts say

    Heightened travel and indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving could accelerate the spread of respiratory viruses and magnify the threat of a "tripledemic" this winter, health experts told NPR in a Nov. 22 report.
  • White House renews COVID-19 vaccination push: 3 updates

    The White House aims to reinvigorate national COVID-19 vaccination efforts through a six-week campaign announced Nov. 22. 
  • WHO lands on new name for monkeypox

    The World Health Organization will rename monkeypox "MPOX" in an effort to destigmatize the virus amid growing pressure from senior Biden administration officials, Politico reported Nov. 22. 
  • Fewer coinfections than expected: 3 COVID-19 surveillance trends to note

    Although COVID-19 positivity rates are up, there have been fewer coinfections with other respiratory viruses than expected, according to recent findings from Helix, a lab that assists the CDC with variant tracking. 
  • HHS unveils report on supporting long COVID-19 patients

    HHS on Nov. 21 released an 88-page report on how the healthcare and public sector can best support the estimated 7.7 million to 23 million Americans living with long COVID-19.
  • WHO convening 300 scientists to identify pandemic-capable pathogens

    The World Health Organization is convening more than 300 scientists to update its list of pathogens most likely to cause future outbreaks or pandemics. The priority pathogen list is meant to guide global investments, and research and development on vaccines and therapeutics. 
  • UK investigates possible Ebola case

    The UK Health Security Agency is investigating a possible case of Ebola in an individual with a travel history to Africa who was displaying "early symptoms" of the disease, according to a Nov. 17 report from The Telegraph. 
  • H3N2: 3 notes on the dominant flu strain

    The majority of U.S. influenza cases detected this season have been H3N2, an influenza A variant associated with more severe illness. 
  • COVID-19 admissions to rise through early December, CDC forecasts

    The CDC is projecting an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since July, national disease modeling shows. 

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