CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others. The … Read more

Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies Monitoring COVID-19 Community Levels to guide COVID-19 prevention efforts. Persons can use information about the current level of COVID-19 impact on their community to decide which prevention behaviors to use and when (at all times or at specific times), based on their own risk for severe illness and that of members of … Read more

Three Possible Futures of the Monkeypox Epidemic

Still, that path is made messier by doing nothing for the countries in West and Central Africa, where monkeypox was first identified decades ago and has been spreading since 2017. Vaccines are not arriving there; Western nations, including the US, have snapped up the limited supply. Nigeria is believed to have been the source of … Read more

Niagara Health hopes to mitigate impact of epidural shortage

Niagara Health is working to ensure expectant mothers have access to pain management medications they need, despite a global shortage of epidural catheters. The hospital system issued a public service announcement this week regarding the shortage, saying the organization is “taking steps to manage the supply and are working closely with our health-care partners to … Read more

Niagara Health hopes to mitigate impact of epidural shortage

Niagara Health is working to ensure expectant mothers have access to pain management medications they need, despite a global shortage of epidural catheters. The hospital system issued a public service announcement this week regarding the shortage, saying the organization is “taking steps to manage the supply and are working closely with our health-care partners to … Read more

Hirji prefers that masks be worn when classes resume

With deaths mounting, elevated COVID-19 cases and concerns about increasing spread of infection in the fall, Niagara’s acting medical officer of health is encouraging people to continue efforts to protect themselves from the virus — including voluntarily wearing masks when classes resume at schools. Although students won’t be required to wear masks when they return … Read more

Intruder at monkey exhibit in Tasmania potentially exposed to Herpes B virus

An unidentified intruder may have been exposed to a potentially deadly virus after breaking in to a monkey enclosure. The break-in took place on Tuesday night at the City Park monkey enclosure in Tasmania. The enclosure’s electric fence was damaged and the moat around the enclosure was plundered of coins. Watch the latest News on … Read more

Newly-identified Langya henipavirus infects 35 in China

Nearly three dozen people have been sickened by a new virus spreading in China — with scientists warning it is too early to tell if it is deadly or spreads among humans. The Langya henipavirus — or LayV — appears to be jumping from animals in parts of China, nearly three years after the coronavirus pandemic … Read more

Monkeys under attack in Brazil amid rising monkeypox fears

SAO PAULO — The World Health Organization expressed sorrow on Tuesday for the killing of monkeys in Brazil amid fears of monkeypox contagion. Brazilian news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys had been poisoned in less than a week in the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, in Sao Paulo state. Similar … Read more

Climate Change Is Supercharging Most Infectious Diseases, New Study Finds

More than half of all human infectious diseases in recorded history — Lyme, West Nile, hantavirus, typhoid, HIV and influenza, to name a few — have been exacerbated by the mounting impacts of greenhouse gas-driven climate change. That is the sobering conclusion of a new, first-of-its-kind paper that combed through more than 70,000 scientific studies … Read more