Author Archives: Antigone Barton

CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

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With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early intervention As seasonal influenza gathers force this fall, and the spread of COVID-19 remains a central concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday called for readiness to […]

First large-scale “real world” U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial begins, with hopes for end-of-year results, mass distribution in 2021

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Phase III trial launch reached with unprecedented speed, no compromises, NIH leaders say With a shot administered to a volunteer in Savannah, Georgia, late-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against COVID-19 began this morning, with hopes for results that could see an effective preventive tool against the disease by the end of the […]

COVID-19: Mask policy appears to have controlled spread of virus at Missouri salon

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With two stylists confirmed to have the virus, 139 customers as well as colleagues were tracked. None showed signs of infection. Adhering to local ordinance on masks can make a difference, CDC says . . . By the time a hair stylist in Springfield, Missouri received her test results showing she had COVID-19, she had […]

COVID-19: House cats with SARS-CoV-2 are two first domestic animals in U.S. confirmed with the virus, highlighting further monitoring needs

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Cases in New York cats identified through laboratory’s “passive surveillance” of samples from household pets Findings indicate need to isolate animals sick with the virus, as well as people After a week of lethargy, sneezing and watery eyes, a 4-year-old domestic short hair cat on Long Island earned himself a trip to the veterinarian. There, […]

Cost of pandemic includes setbacks to South Africa tuberculosis testing, diagnoses

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In the six weeks before South Africa responded its first diagnoses of COVID-19 with the start of physical distancing measures, more than 47,000 people on average there were tested for tuberculosis with the rapid and reliable Xpert diagnostic tool each week. An average of more than 3,700 of those tests identified active tuberculosis in people […]

COVID 19: Over five days, gatherings at one church led to at least 61 infections, four deaths

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Over five days in the beginning of March, a series of events brought at least 94 people to an Arkansas church. On the sixth day, with the pastor, his wife and some of the congregants showing symptoms of COVID-19, the church closed. In the time in between, at least 35 people were exposed to and […]

Long-acting injected HIV prevention effective and safe, HPTN 083 trial data shows

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Amid unprecedented challenges to routine healthcare access, trial results mark a first for a critically needed HIV prevention measure  An investigational drug administered by injection every eight weeks has been found to be effective and safe in preventing HIV infection among men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men, […]

COVID-19: As the national emergency was recognized, child immunizations plummeted

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With COVID-19 spreading across all 50 states, public health systems facing unprecedented challenges and stay-at-home guidelines becoming orders, the chaos caused by the novel coronavirus by late March included steep drops in uptake of, and access to a spectrum of critical medical services. That has included administration of routine pediatric immunizations critical to protecting children […]

Lockdowns due to COVID-19 projected to stall TB detection and treatment leading to increased incidence, deaths globally over next five years

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While stay-in-place and physical distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 are projected to also slow the spread of other illnesses, lockdowns prompted by that pandemic will delay TB diagnoses and treatment efforts by much greater proportions, leading to rising rates of tuberculosis illness and deaths, an analysis released today shows. Focusing on impacts […]

COVID-19: What happened here? CDC says four factors fueled unchecked spread . . .

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But agency notes continued testing, knowledge gaps . . . In late February, the United States was home to just 53 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had separated categories of COVID-19 case counts in a way the agency hoped would accurately reflect risks […]