Infectious diseases

CDC investigating more than 100 cases of hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths

CDC investigating more than 100 cases of hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it’s investigating 109 cases of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children in 25 states and territories that may be linked to a worldwide outbreak. Among them, 14% needed transplants and five children have died. Nearly all the children – more than 90% …

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New study finds omicron no less severe than earlier variants, and not just more transmissible

New study finds omicron no less severe than earlier variants, and not just more transmissible

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School among others has found that the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is just as severe as earlier variants, and not more transmissible but no less severe, as previously thought. The study was based on the records of 130,000 COVID patients in Massachusetts …

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Omicron caused spike in deaths in vaccinated people, analysis finds, though unvaccinated remain most at risk

Omicron caused spike in deaths in vaccinated people, analysis finds, though unvaccinated remain most at risk

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 that has swept across the US since late last year has taken a grimmer toll than earlier variants, including in people who were vaccinated and even had booster shots. That’s according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …

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Omicron subvariants: New, fitter Covid-19 viruses begin to drive their own waves

Omicron subvariants: New, fitter Covid-19 viruses begin to drive their own waves

CNN — There’s no denying the numbers: Even with spotty reporting, Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising again in the United States. Cases are trending up in most states and have increased by more than 50% compared with the previous week in Washington, Mississippi, Georgia, Maine, Hawaii, South Dakota, Nevada and Montana. In New York, …

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A 'Perfect Storm' Could Make Measles a Nightmare in 2022, WHO and UNICEF Warn

A ‘Perfect Storm’ Could Make Measles a Nightmare in 2022, WHO and UNICEF Warn

HAS child suffering from measles is treated at a hospital on May 4, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan (Getty Images) The ounce nearly vanquished disease measles is making a worrying comeback. This week, the World Health Organization and UNICEF reported that global cases of the viral illness have so far jumped almost 80% …

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We'll Likely Deal With More Pandemics as Earth Heats Up

We’ll Likely Deal With More Pandemics as Earth Heats Up

A civet cat in a cage.Photo: Sakchai Lalit (PA) As climate change permanently alters our environment, the world is increasingly opening up to new viruses—with potentially deadly consequences for us humans. HAS study published Thursday in Nature finds that as climate change is forcing animals to move habitats, they will increasingly come into contact with …

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CDC study highlights speed with which omicron variant infected Americans, and WHO warns testing is still crucial

CDC study highlights speed with which omicron variant infected Americans, and WHO warns testing is still crucial

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting just how many Americans have been infected with COVID-19, and how significantly the number has increased since the arrival of the highly infectious omicron variant late last year. The report published on Tuesday found case numbers were particularly striking in children, with three …

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