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Polio Virus Has Been Detected in London's Sewage

Polio Virus Has Been Detected in London’s Sewage

A type of vaccine-derived poliovirus has been detected in London sewage samples, the World Health Organization and British health officials said on Wednesday, adding that further testing was underway. No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was completely eradicated two decades ago. The WHO said in a statement …

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Current Monkeypox Virus May Be Showing Accelerated Evolution as More New Cases Rise

Current Monkeypox Virus May Be Showing Accelerated Evolution as More New Cases Rise

The monkeypox outbreak that health authorities first noted in Europe in May is getting worse. According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, there are more than 2,100 confirmed cases and at least one person has died. Now geneticists finally have enough data to begin to understand how exactly the outbreak started and …

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Los Angeles County reports 14 total probable cases of monkeypox as infections slowly rise across US

Los Angeles County reports 14 total probable cases of monkeypox as infections slowly rise across US

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – As the number of monkeypox infections continues to rise in the U.S., Los Angeles County public health officials Thursday reported 14 total probable cases in the region. Los Angeles County confirmed its first suspected case of monkeypox on June 2 after an adult county resident traveled and had a known close …

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Man fighting for life in ICU after contracting flesh-eating bacteria on Gulf coast

Man fighting for life in ICU after contracting flesh-eating bacteria on Gulf coast

CAMERON PARISH, La. (KPLC/Gray News) – While flesh-eating bacteria may not be the first thing you think of when you head to the beach, doctors say it’s something to be aware of. This year, a deadly type of flesh-eating bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus is showing up earlier than in past summers. Dr. Stephen Castleberry of …

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CDC investigating ‘large, ongoing’ outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida

CDC investigating ‘large, ongoing’ outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in the history of the United States” after at least 24 cases and six deaths in Florida. In a news release on Wednesday, the CDC described a serogroup C meningococcal outbreak that …

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An Ancient Killer Is Rapidly Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics, Scientists Warn

An Ancient Killer Is Rapidly Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics, Scientists Warn

Typhoid fever may be rare in developed countries, but this ancient threat, thought to have existed for millennia, remains a major danger in our modern world. According to new research, the bacterium that causes typhoid fever is developing strong drug resistance and is rapidly replacing strains that are not resistant. Currently, antibiotics are the only …

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Riverside County public health officials announce first possible case of monkeypox after man tests positive for an orthopoxvirus

Riverside County public health officials announce first possible case of monkeypox after man tests positive for an orthopoxvirus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) – Riverside County may have its first probable case of monkeypox after a person tested positive for an orthopoxvirus, public health officials announced Wednesday. A man under the age of 60, from eastern Riverside County, showed preliminary positive results for what authorities call an orthopoxvirus. The man was seen at an outpatient …

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