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Study: Odds of school virus flare-up lower with mask mandate

Sep. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona public schools without mask requirements were several times more likely to experience COVID-19 outbreaks than schools with mandates in place when the current school year began, researchers said Friday in an article published by a federal health agency. ...

West Nile virus at high levels in Arizona due to wet monsoon

Sep. 22, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — This year's wet monsoon in Arizona is contributing to a record-high season for the West Nile virus, which is spread through mosquito bites, health officials said. Arizona had 123 cases and four deaths through late last week, the state Department of...

New Mexico reports 5 cases of West Nile virus infections

Sep. 17, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say they have identified five cases of West Nile virus infections across New Mexico and that wet weather may be a factor. The Department of Health said Friday that no deaths have been reported so far...

Tennessee COVID-19 cases climb to top in the country

Sep. 14, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee now ranks first in the country for new COVID-19 cases per capita as the state continues to battle its worst virus surge yet. As of Tuesday, one in every 81 Tennesseans had tested positive for the virus in the past week, according to...

Indiana reports first West Nile virus case of 2021

Sep. 11, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials are asking Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites after the first West Nile virus case of 2021 was identified in a Lake County resident, and in mosquitoes in multiple other counties. As of Friday, 83...

CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID

Sep. 10, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death even as the extra-contagious delta variant swept the country. One study tracked over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 states from April through mid-July. As...

J&J: Potential HIV vaccine falls short in mid-stage study

Aug. 31, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

A potential HIV vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson did not provide protection against the virus in a mid-stage study, the drugmaker said Tuesday. J&J plans to end that study, which involved young women in sub-Saharan Africa. But researchers will continue...

More COVID-19 shots, studies offer hope for US schools

Aug. 27, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials offered new hope for the safety of U.S. schoolchildren threatened by COVID-19 on Friday as Gulf Coast hospitals already full of unvaccinated patients braced for the nightmare scenario of a major hurricane causing a wave of fractures, cuts and heart attacks...

Experts on WHO team say search for COVID origins has stalled

Aug. 25, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The international scientists dispatched to China by the World Health Organization to find out where the coronavirus came from said Wednesday the search has stalled and warned that the window of opportunity for solving the mystery is “closing fast.” ...

Salem mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Aug. 19, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A batch of mosquitoes collected in Salem is the first in New Hampshire to test positive for West Nile virus this year, officials said Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services is working with town officials to notify residents. Dr....