The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating multiple outbreaks of mumps throughout the state. The outbreaks have resulted in Texas experiencing the highest incidence of mumps in 22 years. So far, 221 mumps cases have been reported this year. This is the largest total since there were 234 cases in 1994.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity in the United States is continuing to slow. Despite this decline, the CDC reported seven additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 68 for the season.
A 13-year-old boy died and 14 other people were hospitalized after guests at a southern Michigan hotel were found unconscious around an indoor pool. Fire officials reportedly stated that they believed the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning. Of the 14-people hospitalized, eight children were taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana.
A new study, published in the journal, Vaccine, has revealed that mothers would choose to vaccinate their child against the flu if there was a recommendation from a health care provider (HCP), an HCP was seen in the past year, positive attitude about the vaccine were present, and being of a minority race were all.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity in the United States is continuing to slow. During the week ending March 18 flu was geographically widespread in 36 states, including Indiana. Most notably, the CDC reported two additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 55 for the season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that seven more babies have been born in the United States with Zika-related birth defects. The total of number of babies born with Zika related birth defects now sits at 54. According to the CDC US Zika Pregnancy Registry, 1,617 pregnant women with Zika infections have been under monitoring, and 1,228 of them have completed their pregnancies.
Authorities are continuing to ask individuals not to buy or use prescription painkillers unless they're from a doctor or a pharmacist. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration released an intelligence brief regarding this topic, warning individuals that drug traffickers were flooding the drug market with counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyl.
In June 2016, US officials warned about a pathogen known as Candida auris. Since this warning, 35 patients have been diagnosed with the emerging pathogen in the United States. Of the individuals infected, at least 28 were documented in New York. Cases have also been reported in Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that sperm donations from three counties in Florida might contain the Zika virus. In their press release, the CDC identified the risk of Zika transmission as beginning on June 15, 2016 for the three counties, meaning that sperm samples across the areas’ 12 sperm banks could be compromised.
Two experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have raised concerns that the mosquito-borne virus, yellow fever could make its way to the United States. This concern stems from the current outbreak of the virus that is occurring in Brazil, where at least 326 cases and 220 deaths have been confirmed.
Washington D.C. public health lab officials recently confirmed that they are retesting hundreds of samples from people in the area for Zika virus over concerns about the accuracy of the original test results. In total, 409 specimens that originally tested negative, including 294 from pregnant women, were sent for retesting.