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Sudan detects 5 more cases of monkeypox amid concerns

Sep. 20, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Tuesday announced five more cases of the monkeypox virus, bringing the tally up to seven patients. The Health Ministry said in a statement the new cases were detected in the capital of Khartoum and the provinces of West Darfur, North Darfur, and Kassala. The...

Panel: Trump staffers pushed unproven COVID treatment at FDA

Aug. 24, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the Trump White House tried to pressure U.S. health experts into reauthorizing a discredited COVID-19 treatment, according to a congressional investigation that provides new evidence of that administration’s efforts to override Food and Drug Administration...

Pfizer COVID shots appear 73% effective in children under 5

Aug. 23, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as omicron spread in the spring, the company announced Tuesday. Vaccinations for babies, toddlers and preschoolers opened in the U.S. in June after months of delay. Only about 6% of youngsters ages 6...

Polio in US, UK and Israel reveals rare risk of oral vaccine

Aug. 21, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — For years, global health officials have used billions of drops of an oral vaccine in a remarkably effective campaign aimed at wiping out polio in its last remaining strongholds — typically, poor, politically unstable corners of the world. Now, in a surprising twist...

Oregon identifies first pediatric monkeypox case

Aug. 17, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials said Wednesday that the state has identified its first pediatric case of the monkeypox virus. The case is linked to an adult monkeypox infection that was diagnosed in July, the Oregon Health Authority said in a statement. ...

Polio virus found in New York wastewater, but no new cases

Aug. 02, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The polio virus was detected in wastewater samples from the suburban county near New York City where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease, but health officials said Tuesday they have not identified any additional cases. The...

Biden tests positive for COVID-19, returns to isolation

Jul. 30, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again Saturday, slightly more than three days after he was cleared to exit coronavirus isolation, the White House said, in a rare case of “rebound” following treatment with an anti-viral drug. White House...

If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

Jul. 28, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For most of the six decades that monkeypox has been known to affect people, it was not known as a disease that spreads through sex. Now that has changed. The current outbreak is by far the biggest involving the virus, and it's been designated a global emergency. So...

New studies bolster theory coronavirus emerged from the wild

Jul. 26, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold – further bolstering the theory that the virus emerged in the wild rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research, published online Tuesday by...

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

Jul. 11, 2022 00:18 AM EDT

The quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States. Scientists say the variant – called BA.2.75 – may be able to...