CDC eases Covid guidance as U.S. has more tools to fight the virus and keep people out of the hospital

A sign outside of a hospital advertises COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2021 in New York City. On Friday vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention voted unanimously in recommending a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccines for all adults in the United States six months after they finish their … Read more

STD clinics struggle with surge in patients amid outbreak

Dr. Emily Drwiega from the University of Illinois Health and Maggie Butler, a registered nurse, prepare monkeypox vaccines at the Test Positive Aware Network nonprofit clinic in Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 2022. Eric Cox | Reuters Dr. Ward Carpenter, co-director of health services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said the monkeypox outbreak across the … Read more

New York polio case is ‘tip of iceberg,’ hundreds could be infected

Digitally generated image of 3D molecular model of polio virus Calysta Images | Tetra Images | Getty Images Hundreds could have polio after an adult in the New York City metro area caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state’s top health official said this week. New York state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett … Read more

CDC estimates 1.7 million gay and bisexual men face highest risk from monkeypox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 1.7 million men who have sex with men face the biggest threat from monkeypox right now. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters on a call Thursday that gay and bisexual men who are HIV positive or who are taking medicines, called PREP, to reduce their chance … Read more

Wastewater samples outside New York City suggest community spread

Polio virus particle, computer illustration. Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Getty Images Polio has been found in wastewater samples taken from two counties outside of New York City indicating the virus is spreading in the community, according to state health officials. Wastewater samples taken from two different locations in Orange County during June … Read more

California, New York, Illinois declare outbreak an emergency

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) talks with reporters after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the U.S. Capitol, on Friday, July 15, 2022. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak on Monday, the … Read more

U.S. to release 786,000 additional monkeypox vaccine doses

A person holds doses of Imvanex vaccine used to protect against Monkeypox virus at the Edison municipal vaccination centre in Paris, France July 27, 2022. Alain Jocard | Pool | Reuters The U.S. will make 786,000 additional monkeypox vaccine doses available to local health departments “as soon as possible” after the Food and Drug Administration … Read more

WHO recommends gay, bisexual men limit sexual partners to reduce spread

People line up outside the Test Positive Aware Network nonprofit clinic to receive the monkeypox vaccine in Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 2022 Eric Cox | Reuters The World Health Organization on Wednesday recommended that gay and bisexual men limit their number of sexual partners to protect themselves from monkeypox and help slow transmission of the … Read more

Biden speaks about his negative Covid test and the broader pandemic effort

President Joe Biden spoke in the the White House Rose Garden after testing negative for Covid-19 and ending the strict isolation measures he had been following since contracting the coronavirus last week. Biden’s symptoms “have been steadily improving, and are almost completely resolved,” wrote White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor in a letter released by … Read more

Countries are not doing enough to contain monkeypox, epidemiologist says

There are grave concerns that the U.S. and other countries are not doing enough to contain monkeypox from becoming a large scale global outbreak, according to an infectious disease epidemiologist. Over the weekend, the World Health Organization activated its highest alert level for the virus, labeling monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. The … Read more