US measles cases are up in 2024. What’s driving the increase?

[ad_1] Measles outbreaks in the U.S. and abroad are raising health experts’ concern about the preventable, once-common childhood virus. One of the world’s most contagious diseases, measles can lead to potentially serious complications. The best defense, according to experts? Get vaccinated. Here’s what to know about the year — so far — in measles. Nationwide, … Read more

What to know about the latest bird flu outbreak in the US

[ad_1] A poultry facility in Michigan and egg producer in Texas both reported outbreaks of avian flu this week. The latest developments on the virus also include infected dairy cows and the first known instance of a human catching bird flu from a mammal. Although health officials say the risk to the public remains low, … Read more

Thailand steps up border control of livestock after anthrax outbreak is reported in neighboring Laos

[ad_1] BANGKOK — Thailand’s government has ordered officials to closely monitor livestock along the border with Laos after more than 50 people were reported to have contracted anthrax in the neighboring country. Thai authorities have been working closely with those in Laos after receiving reports of the outbreak and have prepared vaccines in case of … Read more

Cases settled: 2 ex-officials of veterans home where 76 died in the pandemic avoid jail time

[ad_1] BOSTON — Two former officials of a veterans home in Massachusetts where at least 76 people died in one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks in a long-term care facility settled their criminal case Tuesday without having to go to jail. Bennett Walsh, the former superintendent of the Veterans’ Home in Holyoke, and Dr. … Read more

Dairy cattle in Texas and Kansas test positive for bird flu

[ad_1] Milk from dairy cows in Texas and Kansas has tested positive for bird flu, U.S. officials said Monday. Officials with the Texas Animal Health Commission confirmed the flu virus is the Type A H5N1 strain, known for decades to cause outbreaks in birds and to occasionally infect people. The virus is affecting older dairy … Read more

Dairy cattle in Texas and Kansas have tested positive for bird flu

[ad_1] Milk from dairy cows in Texas and Kansas has tested positive for bird flu, U.S. officials said Monday. The illness has been reported in older dairy cows in those states and in New Mexico. The symptoms included decreased lactation and low appetite. It comes a week after officials in Minnesota announced that goats on … Read more

Republic of Congo reports its first mpox virus cases, in several regions

[ad_1] BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — The Republic of Congo has recorded its first cases of mpox in several regions, the health ministry said, an indication of how the disease may be spreading across Africa since sexual transmission was first confirmed on the continent last year. Mpox is a virus that originates in wild animals … Read more

White House lifting its COVID-19 testing rule for people around Biden, ending a pandemic vestige

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday lifted its COVID-19 testing requirement for those who plan to be in close contact with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses, bringing to an end the last coronavirus prevention protocol at the White House. The White House said the change aligns its policies … Read more

In Rio, rife with dengue, bacteria-infected mosquitoes are making a difference

[ad_1] NITEROI — Since Rio de Janeiro declared a public health emergency after an outbreak of dengue fever last month, the city has ramped up testing capacities, opened up a dozen dengue health centers and trained medical staff to attend to the ever-growing needs of its population. But in Rio’s sister city of Niteroi, just … Read more

In Rio, rife with dengue, bacteria-infected mosquitoes are making a difference

[ad_1] NITEROI — Since Rio de Janeiro declared a public health emergency after an outbreak of dengue fever last month, the city has ramped up testing capacities, opened up a dozen dengue health centers and trained medical staff to attend to the ever-growing needs of its population. But in Rio’s sister city of Niteroi, just … Read more