First probable monkeypox cases found in Ottawa County
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Health officials have identified the first probable cases of monkeypox in Ottawa County. The probable cases are pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but are believed to be positive for monkeypox, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health reported Monday, Aug. 1. The health department is identifying and monitoring any close contacts for symptoms and no additional cases have been identified at this time. Monkeypox is spread through direct contract with infectious rashes, scabs, bodily fluids or prolonged face-to-face contact, officials said. Individuals experiencing monkeypox symptoms or who have had contact with a person who has monkeypox should contact their health care provider right away.mlive.com
The pandemic is far from over, here's how to protect yourself : Consider This from NPR : NPR
The BA.5 variant is the most dominant strain of COVID-19 in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's highly transmissible and it's driving up COVID cases and hospitalizations. This week NPR learned that the Biden administration may scrap plans to let more younger adults get second COVID-19 boosters this summer. Instead, officials are trying to speed up availability of the next generation of boosters in the fall — boosters that specifically target the new subvariant. We talk to Dr. Robert Wachter, the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, about the administration's booster strategy and how people can protect themselves in the midst of the latest surge. This episode also features reporting from NPR's Rob Stein.In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.Email us at email@example.com
Possible case of healthcare-acquired Legionnaires’ being investigated at Hurley
FLINT, MI -- Public health officials are investigating a possible case of healthcare-acquired Legionnaires’ disease at Hurley Medical Center, a probe that’s being carried out in conjunction with the hospital. There has been an annual average of 26 Legionnaires’ cases reported in county residents from 2017 to 2021. Although the number of Legionnaires’ cases reported here has been on the rise over the past decade, case counts peaked during the Flint water crisis, when the Flint River was used as the city’s water source. Now hers is first Flint Legionnaires’ case scheduled for trialLegionnaires’ showdown between state and McLaren-Flint on holdJudge allows McLaren to pay less. Flint water settlement fund drops by $15Mmlive.com
COVID-19 'is going to be with us forever,' White House says
White House pandemic response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha delivered a grim message on Friday about the ever-evolving coronavirus pathogen that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates has infected more than 140 million Americans, including President Biden.news.yahoo.com
People in 4 northern Michigan counties should mask, CDC says
Michigan has four counties at a high COVID-19 Community Level this week – per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – although it’s a different four counties from last week. The CDC puts counties in three buckets for COVID risk: low, medium and high.mlive.com
Ice cream brand linked to deadly listeria outbreak spanning 10 states, CDC says
A recent listeria outbreak is linked to Big Olaf Ice Cream, an ice cream brand based out of Sarasota, Fla., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said that health officials interviewed 17 of those who were sickened, and 14 of those sickened reported eating ice cream. Out of the 13 who remembered what type of ice cream they ate, six of the people were able to name the brand, recalling that it was Big Olaf Ice Cream or a location that served the same brand of ice cream. The company posted on social media Sunday regarding the outbreak, calling it “speculation” while at the same time adding that they were cooperating with all local authorities. “For now it is only speculation as it is an ongoing investigation, our brand has not been confirmed to be linked to these cases...,” the company stated.mlive.com
US boosts monkeypox testing, 142 cases confirmed
The Biden administration has started shipping testing kits for monkeypox to commercial laboratories, in a bid to speed diagnostic tests for suspected infections for the virus that has already infected at least 142 people in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending tests to commercial labs, including Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare, which it said would significant expand the nation’s health system’s capacity to...
White House expects Covid vaccinations for children under age 5 to begin as early as June 21
The White House expects Covid vaccinations for children under age 5 to begin as early as June 21, a senior health official said on Thursday. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid response coordinator, said the Biden administration will initially make 10 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available to states, pharmacies and community health centers. States can begin placing orders on Friday, Jha said, but the vaccine doses will ship only after the Food and Drug Administration authorizes the shots. "We're going to ship doses out as fast as possible," Jha told reporters during White House press briefing. Children under age 5 are the only group left in the U.S. that is not eligible for Covid vaccination.cnbc.com
WHO: Nearly 200 cases of monkeypox in more than 20 countries
The World Health Organization says nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited vaccines and drugs available worldwide.
Detroit Lions & NFL alumni to host virtual town hall encouraging COVID-19 vaccination
In collaboration with NFL Alumni Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) former Detroit Lions tight end Pete Chryplewicz and former Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown will host a virtual town hall tonight encouraging Detroit residents to get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19).