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...
Health official on COVID-19: ‘We are in a much better position to respond than we were a year ago’
In a U.S. Senate committee hearing Thursday, the leaders of the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health agencies told senators that the country should prepare for what might happen next.
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.
Face coverings remain optional in newest COVID-19 spike, but doctors encourage people to put on masks again
After a welcome lull in new COVID-19 cases in March following the winter omicron surge, cases are once again spiking, another uptick in the seemingly endless cycle of the pandemic’s virus spread.chicagotribune.com
World Health Organization confirms 80 cases of monkeypox with outbreaks in 11 countries
The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed about 80 cases of monkeypox with recent outbreaks reported in 11 countries. The outbreaks are unusual because they are occurring in countries where the virus is not endemic, according to the WHO. The virus is spread through close contact with people, animals or material infected with it. "As monkeypox spreads through close contact, the response should focus on the people affected and their close contacts," the WHO said. People in close contact with someone who is infectious are at higher risk of catching monkeypox.cnbc.com
Duval & some neighboring counties now considered ‘medium’ COVID Community Level, down from ‘high’
When the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention released its weekly running count of reported cases of COVID-19 in Florida, Duval County was added to its list of counties now considered a medium COVID-19 Community Level.