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20 May
Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

"The evidence is accumulating th...

10 May
After a Sweeping Review, CDC Looks to Rebuild Public Trust

After a Sweeping Review, CDC Looks to Rebuild Public Trust

In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new center to better forecast infectious disease outbreaks. It also underwent a month-long review to examine their current systems and inform future strategies.

Together, these announcements paint ...

06 May
CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among Kids

CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among Kids

Five children have died in a mysterious wave of acute hepatitis that has sickene...

22 Apr
Experts Weigh in on CDC's New Forecasting Center for Infectious Diseases

Experts Weigh in on CDC's New Forecasting Center for Infectious Diseases

Back in December, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a detailed briefing to warn public health officials about an emerging COVID variant dubbed Omicron.

Officials were incredibly specific, said Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO of the National Association o...

19 Apr
CDC Launches Forecasting Center for Infectious Diseases

CDC Launches Forecasting Center for Infectious Diseases

A new forecasting center for infectious diseases was officially launched by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

The goal of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics is to act as a "National Weather Service" for infectious disease outb...

13 Apr
CDC Extends Mask Mandates on Planes, Trains to May 3

CDC Extends Mask Mandates on Planes, Trains to May 3

A federal mask mandate for planes, trains, airports and some bus services that was set to expire in five days will be extended until May 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

The spread of the Omicron subvariant

07 Apr
Is the CDC in Crisis? Former Agency Directors Debate Its Future

Is the CDC in Crisis? Former Agency Directors Debate Its Future

A handful of former directors of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they support a sweeping review of the agency that's been ordered up by CDC head Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Earlier this week, Walensky

05 Apr
CDC Director Walensky Announces Sweeping Review of Agency

CDC Director Walensky Announces Sweeping Review of Agency

In an effort to modernize an agency that has come under fire for its handling of the pandemic, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the agency would undergo a monthlong review of its inner workings.

In an email sent to agen...

24 Feb
CDC Close to New Guidance on COVID Restrictions

CDC Close to New Guidance on COVID Restrictions

Updated criteria to guide COVID-19 restrictions will be announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later this week or early next week, according to a CDC scientist involved in the process.

Currently, the agency's guidance on measures such as

04 Feb
CDC Turns to Wastewater Data to Track COVID's Spread

CDC Turns to Wastewater Data to Track COVID's Spread

It's less enchanting than reading tea leaves, but federal health officials announced Friday that they are expanding nationwide efforts to track COVID-19 by monitoring virus levels found in raw sewage.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to add an ...

10 Jan
Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

A temporary falloff in the number of Americans who kill themselves and others with guns is over, newly released U.S. government data show.

"Firearm homicides and suicides are an urgent public health concern in the United States," said Scott Kegler, lead author of a

07 Jan
Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

A review of cases from 465 U.S. hospitals underscores the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines.

The new review -- by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health -- found that ...

06 Jan
CDC Warns of Rise in Rabies Linked to Bats

CDC Warns of Rise in Rabies Linked to Bats

Three people died recently in the United States recently from rabies linked to bats, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. They bring the total number of U.S. rabies cases in 2021 to five.

That's a sharp rise over prior years -- no reported r...

03 Jan
Packaged Salads Tied to E. Coli Outbreak in 6 States

Packaged Salads Tied to E. Coli Outbreak in 6 States

Check your packaged salad greens: More than a dozen people have been infected by a strain of E. coli in six U.S. states, health officials report.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert linking the outbreak to Simple Truth Organic P...

20 Dec
48 COVID Cases Reported on World's Largest Cruise Ship

48 COVID Cases Reported on World's Largest Cruise Ship

At least 48 passengers and crew members on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas -- the world's largest cruise ship -- have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been quarantined, the company said Monday.

Of the 48 people who tested positive during the sailing, 98% were...

17 Dec
CDC Supports 'Test-to-Stay' Strategy for Schools

CDC Supports 'Test-to-Stay' Strategy for Schools

Unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 can remain in the classroom as long as they're regularly tested for the virus at school, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC pointed to

16 Dec
Early CDC COVID Tests Were Not Only Contaminated, But Flawed: Report

Early CDC COVID Tests Were Not Only Contaminated, But Flawed: Report

Along with being contaminated, there was also a basic design flaw in COVID-19 testing kits created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early in the pandemic, a new agency review shows.

It was already known that the

06 Dec
Were Cancer Patients Neglected in U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout?

Were Cancer Patients Neglected in U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout?

In nearly two-thirds of U.S. states, cancer patients weren't put at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines in the initial phase of vaccination, a new study finds.

Many cancer patients are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 as the disease or related treatments leaves ...

30 Nov
Vaccines, Boosters Should Protect Against Severe COVID, Even With Omicron: Fauci

Vaccines, Boosters Should Protect Against Severe COVID, Even With Omicron: Fauci

Americans who are vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 should have enough antibody protection to prevent severe illness if they become infected with the new Omicron variant, White House COVID response officials said Tuesday.

Omicron has caused concern among medical ex...

18 Nov
Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly a third of health care staff in U.S. hospitals were not vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-September, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.3 million health care workers at more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide between Jan. 20 and Sept. 15....

28 Oct
CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has lowered its limits for lead poisoning in kids.

The move is expected to more than double the number of 1- to 5-year-olds with worrisome levels of the toxic metal in their blood, according t...

12 Oct
Risk of COVID from Grocery Store Surfaces Very Low: Study

Risk of COVID from Grocery Store Surfaces Very Low: Study

Your chances of getting COVID-19 from surfaces at the grocery store are minimal, a Canadian study reassures.

Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario collected 957 samples at four grocery stories over a month. None tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus...

06 Oct
U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

The rate at which homicide is taking the lives of Americans jumped by 30% over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic -- the largest year-to-year increase ever, new federal government figures show.

The rate jumped from 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 1...

29 Sep
Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

As millions of Americans sign up to get their Pfizer booster shot, a new government report delivers reassuring news about its expected side effects.

The study, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, evaluated the experiences of indiv...

24 Sep
CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended booster shots of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for millions of older and high-risk Americans, kicking off a new chapter in the national effort to protect the vulnerable from severe disease.

First,...

23 Sep
FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Seniors, High-Risk Americans

FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Seniors, High-Risk Americans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and for those at high risk of severe COVID-19.

Under the emergency use authorization, the booster shots should be given at least six months after a person is fully vaccina...

22 Sep
CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday to discuss which Americans, if any, should get Pfizer booster shots to rev up their immunity to COVID-19.

Their recommendation will follow a decision by a U.S. Food and Drug A...

15 Sep
Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be tr...

07 Sep
Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

An alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers has updated guidance about COVID-19 vaccine boosters for cancer patients and the people around them.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network's new recommendations are intended for health care providers.

"COVID-19 can be ...

03 Sep
Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

Top U.S. health officials have reportedly warned the White House to curtail its plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans later this month.

Leaders of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told White H...

03 Sep
New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

A new coronavirus variant called Mu that may be able to evade existing antibodies, including those from vaccines, is under close watch by U.S. health officials.

The variant hasn't taken extensive hold in the United States at this point, but the U.S. National Institute of...

02 Sep
UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a resurgence in other infections that strike hospitalized patients, a U.S. government study finds.

The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the broad toll the pandemic has taken. It found that rates o...

27 Aug
As Classes Resume, Some Health Tips From the CDC

As Classes Resume, Some Health Tips From the CDC

Students face a number of challenges as they head back to school this fall -- from potential exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses to injuries on the playing field.

"This return to school season is like no other," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Cente...

26 Aug
You're Vaccinated But Get a Breakthrough Infection: What Next?

You're Vaccinated But Get a Breakthrough Infection: What Next?

More than 171 million people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, but the highly infectious Delta variant has left some with "breakthrough" cases nonetheless.

These cases were anticipated, because the COVID vaccines weren't designed to eliminate al...

24 Aug
Salmonella Illness in 17 States Tied to Salami, Prosciutto

Salmonella Illness in 17 States Tied to Salami, Prosciutto

Two salmonella outbreaks that appear related to salami and other Italian-style meats have sickened at least 36 people in 17 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Twelve people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

24 Aug
Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

This year of pandemic isolation and anxiety has been tough for many, but an expert says college students are at particularly high risk for mental health issues as they transition from adolescence to adulthood.

As students return to their campuses, it's important for pare...

18 Aug
Less Than Three-Quarters of March Madness Fans Wore Masks Properly

Less Than Three-Quarters of March Madness Fans Wore Masks Properly

It could have been a slam-dunk, but fewer than 3 out of 4 fans at the March Madness basketball tournament wore masks correctly, a new study reports.

Mask mandates at sporting events, concerts and other large indoor gatherings play an important role in combating the sprea...

17 Aug
New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

Five years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retooled a guideline for prescribing opioid painkillers, research suggests the change is paying off.

With the United States in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC released an evidence-base...

11 Aug
Breaded, Raw Chicken Recalled in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Breaded, Raw Chicken Recalled in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

More than 59,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products linked with a multi-state salmonella outbreak have been recalled, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

The products were produced Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, 2021, by Se...

10 Aug
4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United States: CDC

4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United States: CDC

The fourth U.S. case of a rare and potentially fatal bacterial disease called melioidosis, typically found in the tropics, has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Genome testing shows that the strain in the latest case in Georgia is linked t...

09 Aug
The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

News that the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 can be picked up and spread by vaccinated folks has sparked confusion and concern, and an infectious disease expert wants to clarify.

These worries follow a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention r...

30 Jul
Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

Opioid overdose-related visits to U.S. emergency departments rose by nearly one-third during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

That's the key finding in a new analysis of data from 25 emergency departments in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts a...

29 Jul
CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be tested for the virus if they come into contact with infected people, whether or not they have symptoms, say updated testing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency previously said ...

06 Jul
Listeria Outbreak Linked to Precooked Chicken: CDC

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Precooked Chicken: CDC

One death has been reported in a listeriaoutbreak that appears to be linked to precooked chicken served in health care facilities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Three people in Texas and Delaware became sick after they ate foods at a ...

02 Jul
How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is upending any return to normalcy in some parts of the United States, with locales like Los Angeles County urging vaccinated folks to once again don masks indoors.

Infectious disease experts said these places are acting with an abundance of...

17 Jun
Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

The coronavirus pandemic has had an unexpected side effect -- a wave of bad reactions to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Vapors from the products can cause headache, nausea and dizziness, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which advises consumers to use ...

11 Jun
Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic.

Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who've gott...

08 Jun
Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

A real-world study shows that even when folks who get the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do have 'breakthrough' infections, those illnesses are mild.

The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is among the first to show that...

25 May
'Breakthrough' COVID Infections After Vaccination Are Rare: CDC

'Breakthrough' COVID Infections After Vaccination Are Rare: CDC

Comedian and commentator Bill Maher recently made news of his own when he contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

But such breakthrough COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated are rare, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...

05 May
U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

The United States could see a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases by the end of July, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Six research teams asked to project future COVID-19 trends have concluded that new infections will drasti...