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CDC confirms Nebraska child died of brain-eating amoeba

Aug. 19, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal health officials confirmed Friday that a Nebraska child died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a river near Omaha. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the naegleria fowleri amoeba...

Health officials: 87 monkeypox cases so far in Minnesota

Aug. 18, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Thursday reported 87 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the state, as they offered an update on a viral infection that has aroused concern around the globe. The state has had fewer cases so far than Michigan (108) but more than...

Africa CDC says renaming of monkeypox variants curbs stigma

Aug. 18, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of Africa's public health agency says he's “really pleased” that the World Health Organization is renaming the strains of the monkeypox disease to remove references to African regions amid concerns about stigmatization. The variant of the...

CDC director announces shake-up, citing COVID mistakes

Aug. 17, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the nation's top public health agency on Wednesday announced a shake-up of the organization, saying it fell short responding to COVID-19 and needs to become more nimble. The planned changes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC...

Monkeypox can spread to pet dogs, doctors report

Aug. 16, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are warning people who are infected with monkeypox to stay away from household pets, since the animals could be at risk of catching the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for months has had the advice in place as monkeypox spreads...

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...