Latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention News

US plans end to mpox public health emergency in January

Dec. 02, 2022 17:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S. Mpox cases have plummeted in recent weeks, with just a handful of new infections...

Flu season worsens as 44 states report high activity

Dec. 02, 2022 15:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. flu season keeps getting worse. Health officials said Friday that 7.5% of outpatient medical visits last week were due to flu-like illnesses. That's as high as the peak of the 2017-18 flu season and higher than any season since. The annual...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Dec. 01, 2022 15:21 PM EST

Valdosta Daily Times. November 29, 2022. Editorial: Not too late for flu shot It is not too late to get a flu shot. The stress on the health care system by a very active flu season, persistent COVID-19 and an increase in RSV patients is palpable but the...

African continent finally to receive 1st mpox vaccines

Dec. 01, 2022 07:00 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa's top public health body says the continent is set to receive its first batch of mpox vaccines as a donation from South Korea. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday the 50,000 doses will be used first for health workers and...

US officials say 2 more places will test sewage for polio

Nov. 30, 2022 13:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia and Oakland County, Michigan, are joining the small list of U.S. localities that are looking for signs of polio infections in sewage, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the communities will test for...

WHO, CDC: A record 40 million kids miss measles vaccine dose

Nov. 23, 2022 13:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles immunization has dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year. In...

US renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect

Nov. 22, 2022 14:37 PM EST

Americans who got the updated COVID-19 booster shots are better protected against symptomatic infection than those who haven’t — at least for now, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Updated boosters rolled out by Pfizer and rival Moderna in September have been a hard sell for...

'Viral jambalaya': Early flu adding to woes for US hospitals

Nov. 18, 2022 15:33 PM EST

As Americans head into the holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is straining hospitals already overburdened with patients sick from other respiratory infections. More than half the states have high or very high levels of flu, unusually high for this early in the season,...

Africa CDC chief urges more COVID-19 testing as cases rise

Nov. 17, 2022 12:44 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of Africa's top public health institute is urging authorities across the continent to step up COVID-19 testing amid a concerning rise in new cases in some countries. The continent of 1.3 billion people saw a 37% rise in new cases over the past week,...

US home births rise in pandemic, to highest level in decades

Nov. 17, 2022 09:56 AM EST

U.S. home births increased slightly in the pandemic’s second year, rising to the highest level in decades, according to a government report published Thursday. Among almost 4 million births in 2021, nearly 52,000 occurred at home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...