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New Mexico updates public health order following CDC changes

Aug. 12, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's emergency public health order was streamlined Friday, with state health officials saying the changes were in order given the evolution of the virus, the changing nature of the pandemic and new recommendations adopted by the federal government. ...

Polio detected in NYC's sewage, suggesting virus circulating

Aug. 12, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The virus that causes polio has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday. The presence of the...

EXPLAINER: What to know about polio spreading in New York

Aug. 12, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

The polio virus has been found in New York City sewage, but officials are stressing that the highest risk is for people who haven’t been vaccinated. Polio was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis. Its...

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

Aug. 11, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

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...

Africa CDC in 'advanced' talks to obtain monkeypox vaccines

Aug. 11, 2022 07:26 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s public health agency says the continent of 1.3 billion people still does not have a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine, but “very advanced discussions” are underway with at least two partners. The acting director of the Africa Centers for...

Masks to be required again at Great Smoky National Park

Aug. 11, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Masks will once again be required for visitors inside all Great Smoky Mountains National Park buildings due to the high transmission of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the park's website, the mask mandate will apply to all visitors regardless of...

COVID-19 staffing shortages close NC town hall to public

Aug. 10, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Staffing shortages related to COVID-19 are closing one North Carolina town’s police department and town hall to the public, a town spokesman said. Pittsboro town spokesman Colby Sawyer said Tuesday that the closure will affect walk-in and drive-through...

Report: Dozens got sick after visiting Kansas splash park

Aug. 07, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — A new federal study said dozens of people got sick after visiting a splash park near Wichita, Kansas, last summer. The study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 21 people contracted Shigella bacteria and six others became sick...

Flathead County has Montana's first suspected monkeypox case

Aug. 05, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A day after the federal government declared a public health emergency to respond to monkeypox, the Montana health department on Friday reported the state's first suspected case of the virus. Wyoming is the only state in the country that hasn't reported a case,...

Africa CDC says gay sex 'not relevant' in monkeypox there

Aug. 04, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s public health agency says it doesn’t know how many of the continent's reported monkeypox cases this year are in men who have sex with men, and it warned Thursday against “any stigmatization” that might delay case reporting and affect the outbreak response. ...