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England Offers Ample Access to UTI Vaccines

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The United Kingdom's NHS recently updated its urinary tract infection (UTI) webpage to explain that some people may experience persistent UTI symptoms, and current urine tests may not detect chronic infections caused by bacteria embedded in the bladder lining.
Chronic UTIs, also known as recurrent UTIs (rUTIs), are typically treated with antibiotics. The NHS advises patients to ask their GP to refer them to a specialist if they experience rUTIs.

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Which Vaccines Are Recommend for France's Summer Olympics

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As we approach the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in late July and August, a recent study has looked into the possibility of using wastewater surveillance to detect priority pathogens that can be monitored during these events.
On July 11, 2024, the researchers published a list of 60 important pathogens in Eurosurveillance to be monitored for public health during the 2024 Games.

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Second-Gen Passive Immunization Significantly Protects Infants from RSV

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The New England Journal of Medicine recently published the results of a randomized controlled clinical trial that reaffirms the estimated effectiveness of Beyfortus™ (nirsevimab), a second-generation monoclonal antibody that reduces the risk of hospitalization for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)- associated bronchiolitis in infants by 83%.
This finding is significant since RSV is the leading cause of bronchiolitis, resulting in about three million hospitalizations each year worldwide.

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Brazil Considers Recombinant BCG Vaccine for Infants

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While most infants in Brazil's five regions are vaccinated against tuberculosis, the search for a more effective Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine accelerated in 2024. 
Researchers from the Butantan Institute and collaborators confirmed on July 3, 2024, that they are developing a more potent version of the 100-year-old BCG vaccine.

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Portfolio of Influenza Vaccines Shipped Ahead of 2024-2025 Flu Season

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According to Stefan Merlo, Vice President of Commercial Operations, North America, CSL Seqirus, pharmacies in the United States will soon offer updated flu shots.
Mr. Merlo exclusively informed Precision Vaccinations News that as of July 9, 2024, CSL Seqirus was already shipping its differentiated influenza vaccines for the 2024/25 Northern Hemisphere flu season.
"This year, we've transitioned to trivalent vaccine formulations, aligning with U.S. FDA guidelines."

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Some Seniors Get HPV Too

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According to a new study from FAIR Health, those aged 65 and older were the group with the most significant increase (23.8%) in sexually transmitted disease (STD) diagnoses from 2020-2023.
Among the other FAIR Health findings, people 65 and older had the most significant increase (32.2%) in human papillomavirus (HPV) diagnoses.
Furthermore, 21.9% of HPV cases occurred among patients aged 55 to 64.
However, Fair Health's data did not disclose if these HPV cases were in adults who had been vaccinated, when they were vaccinated, or were unvaccinated.

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Vaccination Can Reduce Gonorrhea Cases

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The Journal of Infection recently published insights on how vaccination can reduce the incidence of gonorrhea, a common sexually transmitted disease. Gonorrhea is one of the fastest-growing diagnoses by percent change (16.8%).
This new study's findings indicate that MenB vaccines may offer moderate protection against gonococcal infections.

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Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya Co-Infections Reported

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At least two Zika patients have reported co-infection of chikungunya and dengue in Pune, India. The Times of India reported on July 5, 2024, that an official from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) told the media that Pune City is a hotspot for vector-borne diseases.
Therefore, co-infections with chikungunya and dengue are not entirely out of the blue. However, their severity can be debatable, says the NIV.

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Portfolio of Influenza Vaccines Shipped Ahead of 2024-2025 Flu Season

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According to Stefan Merlo, Vice President of Commercial Operations, North America, CSL Seqirus, pharmacies in the United States will soon offer updated flu shots.
Mr. Merlo exclusively informed Precision Vaccinations News that as of July 9, 2024, CSL Seqirus was already shipping its differentiated influenza vaccines for the 2024/25 Northern Hemisphere flu season.
"This year, we've transitioned to trivalent vaccine formulations, aligning with U.S. FDA guidelines."

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Fewer Flu Shots Distributed, Fewer Influenza Deaths Reported

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During the second day of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent  Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting, influenza vaccines became the main focus.
As the current flu season comes to a close, the ACIP reported that the next round of influenza vaccines, which are scheduled to arrive in pharmacies in August 2024, will be different.
On June 27, 2024, the ACIP confirmed all influenza vaccines marketed in the U.S. for the 2024-25 flu season would be trivalent, not quadrivalent.

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Doctors Can Digitally Dispel Vaccine Dis-and Mis-Information

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Since the early days of AOL and Yahoo, digital information has transformed how people access and share health information. While the digital age has increased access, it has also accelerated the spread of disinformation and misinformation.
To address this issue, Dr. C. Everett Koop spearheaded an industry initiative in 1999 to protect people from unreliable health information by involving doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in the content creation.

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Fewer Flu and Pneumonia Deaths Reported

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In the 20th century, influenza and pneumonia constituted the most significant proportion of infectious disease deaths in the United States. However, in the 21st century, that trend changed.
On May 20, 2024, a Major Article published by the journal AJIC analyzed crude death rates (CR) and age-adjusted mortality rates (AAMR) per 100,000 individuals calculated using influenza and pneumonia mortality data (ICD-10 Codes: J09-J18) from the U.S. CDC WONDER database.

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Consuming Bird Flu Contaminated Cow Milk Discouraged

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Over the past few years, significant media attention has been paid to detecting avian influenza (bird flu). While the overall human health risk is being evaluated, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently shared clarifying data points.
During 2020, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) clade 2.3.4.4b viruses arose from previously circulating influenza A(H5Nx) viruses. They spread predominantly via migratory birds to many parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.
In late 2021, these bird flu viruses crossed to North America and, in late 2022, to South America.

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Consuming Unpasteurized Bird Flu Contaminated Cow Milk Discouraged

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Over the past few years, significant media attention has been paid to detecting avian influenza (bird flu). While the overall human health risk is being evaluated, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently shared clarifying data points.
During 2020, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) clade 2.3.4.4b viruses arose from previously circulating influenza A(H5Nx) viruses. They spread predominantly via migratory birds to many parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.
In late 2021, these bird flu viruses crossed to North America and, in late 2022, to South America.

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Texas Confirms Its First Human Bird Flu Case

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Recent reports indicate that the multi-year, global outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus has reached the state of Texas.
In late March 2024, the Texas Animal Health Commission announced that dairy cattle in the Texas Panhandle had tested positive for avian influenza A(H5N1).
Subsequently, on April 1, 2024, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported one confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus in Texas. The affected person had direct exposure to dairy cattle suspected of being infected with avian influenza.

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Enhancing Indoor Ventilation Reduces Respiratory Virus Risk

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It is essential to remember that various airborne viruses spread throughout the year, even as respiratory diseases continue to decline from their peak in late December 2023.
Viruses such as influenza and Respiratory Syncytial virus displayed both seasonal and regional outbreaks last winter.
Human respiratory viruses include a broad range of viruses transmitted mainly by infected persons.

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Over-Touristed Destinations Include U.S. Hot Spots

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There are many cities around the world included in people's bucket-list locations to visit during their lifetime.
According to a team at MoneyTransfers.com, they ranked the most visited cities and countries in the world, and some of the rankings might surprise an avid traveler.
This Most "Over-Touristed" Cities in the World list was published on September 7, 2023.

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Malaria Arrives in Maryland

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The Maryland Department of Health announced a positive case of locally acquired malaria in a person living in the National Capital Region. This new Maryland patient was hospitalized and is reported to be recovering.
This person did not travel recently outside the United States or visit Florida or Texas, where locally acquired malaria outbreaks have been reported.

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South Africa's Measles Outbreak Continues

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Over the past year, the Republic of South Africa has been confronted with a significant measles outbreak. Even with an aggressive vaccination program, new measles cases continue to be reported.
As of August 16, 2023, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has tested 6,616 serum samples for measles since epidemiological week 40, 2022, of which 1124 (17%) were confirmed positive.
Recently, the percentage of samples testing positive decreased to 9% in week #31.

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Airport Dos and Don’ts for Labor Day Travelers

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As the summer travel season 2023 approaches the Labor Day holiday, U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers are eager to share their top "dos and don'ts" for air travelers.
Since airline travelers have resumed activity levels last seen in 2019, TSA officers have an insider's view of what results in a smooth screening process and what doesn't.
Additionally, the TSA has identified six tips and six things they never do when flying.
Travel tips:

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COVID-19 Fatalities Decrease Globally

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While many people thought the COVID-19 pandemic had ended, new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates another SARS-CoV-2 variant is impacting more people.
During the past few months, the EG.5 (Eris) variant spiked COVID-19 cases in India but has recently subsided.
And in the U.S., Eris is the fasting-growing COVID-19 subvariant responsible for around 17% of current COVID cases, according to the U.S. CDC.

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South Florida's Dengue Outbreak Continues in August 2023

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As the summer of 2023 comes to a close in South Florida, various mosquito-borne diseases continue to infect people.
During the period of July 30 to August 5, 2023, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported the following arboviral activity:
International Travel-Associated Dengue: Forty-three cases of dengue were reported this week in persons with international travel. In 2023, 190 travel-associated dengue cases have been reported.

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Measles Elimination Requires Pre-Trip Vaccinations

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The United States has maintained the elimination of measles since 2000, despite several outbreaks in various states such as Ohio.
Most measles outbreaks occur when unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people travel to and from the U.S., says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Measles cases worldwide increased by about 80% during 2022.
For example, India recently reported 57,550 measles cases over the past year.

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Cholera Outbreaks Continue in 2023

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Over the past month, the multi-country cholera outbreak has reached India, which has reported over 600 cases, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
In total, 25 countries have reported cases since the beginning of 2023, and the WHO assesses the risk at the global level as very high. 
For example, the Republic of Haiti has reported over 40,000 cholera cases, including 253 deaths, this year.

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Philippines Aviation Backed by the U.S.

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently affirmed its commitment to provide additional training and equipment to the Republic of the Philippines’ Office for Transportation Security (OTS).
During a courtesy visit to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, TSA Assistant Administrator for International Operations Gary Renfrow noted on August 1, 2023, the improved aviation security in the Philippines and assured the transport chief of continued support for capacity development efforts for airport authorities.

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wine Country

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France's Agence régionale de santé Nouvelle-Aquitaine (ARS) recenlty confirmed a patient had been infected with West Nile virus (WNV) in New Aquitaine.
This WNV patient is from Bordeaux, and ARS is investigating four suspected cases.
Previously, human infections with WNV were reported in France's Mediterranean (PACA and Occitanie regions).
"Their state of health does not inspire concern, and they are on the way to recovery," said the ARS statement on August 1, 2023.

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