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Tuberculosis Patients Increasing 5% in the U.S.

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New Tuberculosis (TB) incidence data released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that TB cases increased by 5% in 2022, impacting about 8,300 patients.
The states of California (1,843) and Texas (1,089) reported the most TB patients last year, led by Dallas and Houston.

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Is Kentucky Protected from Measles

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Thousands of people living in the State of Kentucky and around the U.S. have been calmly waiting about three weeks for new news regarding measles patients in 2023.
These apprehensive people included over ten thousand school students near Louisville and about twenty thousand college-aged adults who recently attended an event southwest of Lexington.

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Rockland County Offers Travelers Free Polio Boosters

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Just as New Yorkers are finalizing their Spring Break plans, Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced he is urging residents planning to visit countries where poliovirus is found to get a polio booster shot.
According to Rockland County's March 17, 2023, press release, these countries include Israel, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and several other African countries.

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NBA's Magic Raises RSV Awareness

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Former NBA superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson recently agreed to assist in launching Sideline RSV, a new health education campaign aimed to help older adults and their loved ones better understand the risks and potential seriousness of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection.
The new campaign will help bring the RSV conversation to center court as older adults are more likely to have severe outcomes from RSV because the immune system typically weakens as people age.

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Flu and COVID-19 Testing Comes Home

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized the first over-the-counter (OTC) at-home diagnostic test to differentiate between flu viruses.
And this innovative test can detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and results are produced in about thirty minutes.
Furthermore, the test can be purchased without a prescription ($99) and performed completely at-home.

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Cambodia's Bird Flu Cases Unrelated to the USA

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported two (2) human infections with avian influenza A H5N1 (H5N1 bird flu) has been confirmed by the Cambodian Ministry of Health.
The CDC wrote on February 25, 2023, based on preliminary genetic sequencing, the Cambodian Ministry of Health has identified these cases as being from the H5 clade 2.3.2.1c, which have circulated locally among birds/poultry for many years.

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Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Cambodia

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According to local media, there have been two confirmed cases of bird flu recently reported by the Kingdom of Cambodia.
On February 24, 2023, BNO News reported the father of an 11-year-old Cambodian girl who recently died of H5N1 bird flu had tested positive for the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HAPI) virus.
According to the Cambodian Ministry of Health, the girl is the first person to die of H5N1 since 2014.

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Which Flu Shot is Most Effective

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As the current flu season in the Northern Hemisphere comes to an early end, there is preliminary good news regarding the 173.02 million influenza vaccines distributed during 2022 – 2023 in the U.S.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine committee met today (online and in Atlanta) and reviewed a new analysis indicating this flu season's flu shots effectively reduced related hospitalizations.

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11 More Mammals Positive for Bird Flu

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Since the avian influenza outbreak began in the U.S. in early 2022, millions of birds have been detected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HAPI) influenza type A viruses.
The Eurasian H5N1 strain initially appeared in North America in January 2022 and has impacted 47 states, leading to the loss of over 58.3 million various types of birds as of February 11, 2023.
And this HAPI outbreak has crossed over into mammals.

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Fear of Needles Resolved with Pain-less Microarray Patch

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A clinical-stage biotechnology company commercializing a novel vaccination platform announced a potential solution for millions afraid of needles. 
This vaccine innovation is essential as researchers estimate that fear of needles affects up to 25%  of adults and may lead to many people skipping standard vaccinations.
Vaxxas confirmed today it initiated a Phase I clinical trial with the first needle-free inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine quadrivalent (IIV4) candidate delivered using the Company's proprietary high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP) technology.

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Intrahousehold Flu Infections Increased During the Pandemic

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While Influenza virus infections declined globally during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent study found an increased risk of household transmission of influenza A(H3N2) in the 2021-2022 flu season compared with prepandemic seasons.
More frequent interaction with an infected person would be expected to increase infection risk, and in 2021-2022, household contacts reported spending more time in the same room with others.

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More Bears Infected with Bird Flu

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) recently confirmed three juvenile grizzly bears tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus during the fall of 2022.
These were the first documented cases of HPAI in grizzly bears in Montana.
The three bears were observed to be in poor condition and exhibited disorientation and partial blindness, among other neurological issues.
They were euthanized due to their sickness and poor condition.  

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Detecting Flu Viruses at Airports

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Ginkgo Bioworks today announced that they had expanded their support for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Traveler-based Genomic Surveillance (TGS) program to include a study monitoring influenza viruses.
Traveler-based pathogen monitoring represents a novel approach to influenza surveillance, complementing CDC's ongoing efforts by providing early insights into global trends in influenza virus evolution.

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Vaccinations Urged this Holiday Season

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Given the anticipated increase in respiratory infections this winter, America's healthcare professional organizations reminded the public of the importance of vaccinations and early treatment.
A strong recommendation from a trusted clinician is one of the most effective strategies to increase vaccine uptake, wrote these organizations on November 21, 2022. 

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1.9 million Children Receiving Yellow Fever Vaccination

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The Ugandan Ministry of Health in Kampala recently announced it would soon vaccinate over 1.9 million children against yellow fever.
It is being administered to nine-month-old children as part of its commitment to the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy. All these children will be vaccinated with yellow fever and measles-rubella vaccines.
This announcement on March 15, 2023, is essential as Uganda was one of 14 African countries reporting yellow fever cases in 2022. Recently, cases have been reported near urban areas, such as the capital city of Kampala.

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Cholera Risks Remains Very High for Travelers

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The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported the global cholera situation has deteriorated, with four new countries reporting outbreaks.
In total, 24 countries are reporting cases as of March 20, 2023.
Since the beginning of 2023, cholera outbreaks have spread further in southeast Africa.
And the widespread outbreaks in Malawi and Mozambique remain active.
Additional outbreaks have been reported in Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia since the start of the year.

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Fatal Marburg Disease Outbreak Confirmed in Tanzania

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The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the Republic of Tanzania had confirmed its first-ever cases of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) following reports of cases and deaths in the country’s north-west Kagera region.
Five of the eight cases, including a health worker, have died, and the remaining three are receiving treatment.
A total of 161 contacts have been identified and are being monitored as of March 21, 2023.

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Are Face Masks Needed at Sweet Sixteen Games?

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As sixteen college basketball teams and fans prepare for playoff games this weekend, many ask if face masks are needed to be protected from the respiratory virus that causes COVID-19.
While there is much debate and research on the benefits of wearing face masks, a new surveillance system helps people visualize their actual risks.
Thanks to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a data-driven way to make informed infection-risk determinations is now open to the public.

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Spring Break 2023 Warnings Include Mexico's Beaches

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As vacationers head south to avoid the cold and snow, many consider visiting Florida instead of Mexico this Spring Break. This change in the destination is based on recent travel alerts issued by local governments.
The Public Health Agency of Canada and the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico recently announced new advice for Spring Break 2023.
Both Canada and the U.S. are advising prospective visitors to many areas in Mexico to practice enhanced precautions as of March 17, 2023.

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Novel Polio Vaccine Breakthrough Cases Confirmed in Africa

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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) today announced it had received notification of the detection of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) linked with the novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) in the African countries of Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
These are the first instances of cVDPV2 linked with nOPV2 since the roll-out of the vaccine began in March 2021.

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Chikungunya Outbreaks Accelerate and Turn Fatal

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today published an Epidemiological Alert regarding chikungunya outbreaks in the Region of the Americas. The PAHO confirmed this mosquito-borne virus is expanding to new areas with an unusually high number of cases and related fatalities.
During the first eight epidemiological weeks of 2023, 115,539 cases and 33 fatalities due to chikungunya infection were reported.
The greatest incidence rates were observed in Paraguay (1,128 cases per 100,000 pop.) and Brazil (14.2 cases per 100,000 pop.).

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Syria Launches 1.7 Million Oral Cholera Vaccinations

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The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced a ten-day Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) vaccination campaign was launched in northwest Syria.
The WHO confirmed on March 8, 2023, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in coordination with health authorities, the Syria Immunization Group (SIG), and the Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI), kicked off this campaign with 1.7 million doses of cholera vaccine that will be used to protect Syrians above one year of age.

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More Travelers Enjoy Shorter Airport Security Wait Times

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced two indications the travel industry has recovered from the multi-year pandemic.
On March 3, 2023, the TSA PreCheck® application program surpassed 15 million active members, setting a new record that began in December 2013.
Thirty-two million travelers now benefit from TSA PreCheck expedited airport security screening after being vetted through TSA PreCheck ®, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry, or another federal vetting program.

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South Africa's Measles Outbreak Migrates North

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Since the measles outbreak began in October 2022, various Republic of South Africa (RSA) provinces have been impacted. However, recent data announced by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases indicates most new measles cases are confirmed in the north.
As of March 2023, a measles outbreak has been declared in the Northern Cape Province in the Francis Baard district.
Specifically, 13 specimens from Limpopo and North West Province had measles virus genotype D8 sequences related to the Zimbabwe 2022 measles outbreak strain.

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