• 6 updates on 'escape variants' BQ.1 and BQ.1.1

    Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 — dubbed "escape variants" for their immune evasiveness — are steadily gaining prevalence in the U.S. and now account for more than 16 percent of all COVID-19 cases confirmed nationwide, CDC data shows.
  • US aims to boost Ebola testing capacity as Uganda outbreak grows

    The U.S. is working to expand its Ebola testing abilities to prepare for the possibility that the virus could make its way into the country, CBS News reported Oct. 25. 
  • Healthcare systems account for 4% of global CO2 emission, study says

    Healthcare systems account for more than 4 percent of carbon dioxide emissions on a global average basis, according to an Oct. 24 report from the World Economic Forum.
  • Kids make up a third of flu hospitalizations: CDC

    Hospitals are already seeing predictions of a severe flu season unfold, with 1,674 flu patients admitted to hospitals nationwide for the week ending Oct. 14. Kids account for more than 30 percent of flu hospitalizations, the CDC told NBC News in an Oct. 24 report. 
  • White House ramps up efforts to promote omicron booster

    President Joe Biden will receive his updated omicron COVID-19 booster Oct. 25 and launch several efforts aimed at getting more Americans to do so ahead of the holiday season, according to the White House. 
  • CDC tallies 6 monkeypox deaths: 3 updates

    Health officials in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Nevada are the latest states to report deaths in residents who tested positive for monkeypox, CBS News reported Oct. 21. 
  • HHS awards $21 million to 13 hospitals to fight emerging special pathogens

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response awarded $21 million to 13 healthcare facilities to help fight against special pathogens, like COVID-19. 
  • CDC eyes oral polio vaccine not used in 20 years to halt New York outbreak

    The CDC is considering the use of a novel oral polio vaccine that uses a live virus strain to stop an outbreak in New York, agency officials told CNBC in an Oct. 21 report. The vaccine has not been used in more than two decades. 
  • 'Escape variants' account for 16% of US COVID-19 cases: 10 updates

    Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 — dubbed 'escape variants' for their immune evasiveness — are gaining prevalence and now account for more than 16 percent of all COVID-19 cases confirmed in the U.S., according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Oct. 21.
  • More than 1,600 people hospitalized for flu last week: 7 FluView notes

    For the week ending Oct. 15, 1,674 patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza were admitted to a hospital, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. 
  • CDC's push for quicker public health messaging faces obstacles

    The CDC's new plan to accelerate its response to health threats and simplify public messaging is already facing roadblocks, Politico reported Oct. 21
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in New York as BQ.1 spreads

    Health experts are carefully watching COVID-19 trends in New York amid signs the nation will face a winter surge. The state has seen an increase in hospitalizations over the last month. 
  • Black Death survivors likely passed down gene that raises autoimmune disease risk: study

    People who survived the bubonic plague in parts of Europe had mutations in their genes that likely offered protection against the disease, but those same mutations passed down to survivors' descendants may increase the risk of autoimmune disease, research published Oct. 19 in Nature suggests. 
  • Boy dies from rare brain-eating amoeba in Nevada

    A boy in Nevada has died from primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, a rare infection caused by the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri, state health officials said Oct. 19.
  • New Ebola cases may indicate wider spread, health officials say: 4 updates

    The eight most recent confirmed Ebola cases in Uganda's outbreak are not tied to any known infected contacts, raising concern about wider spread, global health officials said during an Oct. 19 update. 
  • CDC panel recommends COVID-19 shot for routine child vaccinations

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended the authorized COVID-19 shots for the Vaccines for Children program Oct. 19, which would waive the vaccine's fee for uninsured children when federal funds run out. 
  • The new era of COVID-19 surveillance

    Alternate data sources — such as wastewater surveillance and population surveys — are emerging as the most effective ways to track local COVID-19 virus trends amid unreliable case data and a departure from daily reporting cadences, Betsy Ladyzhets wrote in an Oct. 17 piece for The Atlantic.
  • US unveils plan to boost pandemic preparedness: 4 key objectives

    The White House on Oct. 18 unveiled a strategy to bolster the nation's ability to respond to future pandemics and other biological threats, including an objective to manufacture enough of a new vaccine to protect the population within 130 days of a new outbreak. 
  • Deadly bacterial infections surge in Florida after Hurricane Ian

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Florida is seeing a spike in infections caused by Vibrio vulnificus. The bacteria lives in warm, brackish sea water and may cause severe illness and death. 
  • NIH to probe Boston University's research involving lab-made COVID-19 strain

    Boston University is defending a study involving a lab-made hybrid COVID-19 strain amid national scrutiny and a federal probe. 

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