Measles outbreak in central Ohio grows to more than 50 children, driven by ‘lack of vaccination’

CNN — A measles outbreak in central Ohio is growing, sickening more than 50 children, with many of them needing hospitalization, according to data updated Tuesday by Columbus Public Health. None of the children had been fully vaccinated against measles. Since the start of the outbreak in November, at least 58 measles cases have been … Read more

Why colds and flu viruses are more common in winter

Editor’s Note: Get inspired by a weekly roundup on living well, made simple. Sign up for CNN’s Life, But Better newsletter for information and tools designed to improve your well-being. CNN — A chill is in the air, and you all know what that means — it’s time for cold and flu season, when it … Read more

Laos malaria outbreak in 2020–21 likely caused by multidrug-resistant strains of P. falciparum

A recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal describes the genetic epidemiology and dynamics of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum responsible for malaria outbreaks in Attapeu Province, Laos, during the 2020-2021 malaria season. Study: Malaria outbreak in Laos driven by a selective sweep for Plasmodium falciparum kelch13 R539T mutants: a genetic epidemiology analysis. Image … Read more

Flu vaccine appears to be a very good match to circulating strains, CDC says

CNN — This year’s flu shot appears to be “a very good match” to the circulating strains, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a news briefing Monday. However, she noted that flu vaccinations are lagging behind the pace of previous years. Through the end of October, CDC data … Read more

Immunotherapy eliminates disease-causing cells in mice with MS-like disease

Newswise — The cancer therapy known as CAR-T has revolutionized the treatment of some blood cancers since it was introduced in 2017. The therapy uses genetically altered immune cells to home in on cancer cells and destroy them. Now, studying mice with an autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at Washington University School … Read more

People still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

More than two years after the coronavirus pandemic began, social distancing is keeping some workers from going back to work. That’s according to this working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Some people are not prepared to let their guard down — in the knowledge that COVID-19 has not gone away. Some … Read more

Trial shows acoziborole drug clears body of African sleeping sickness parasites

A multi-center, open-level, phase II/III clinical trial has recently been conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the oral antimicrobial drug acoziborole in patients with human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). The findings of the trial have been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Study: Efficacy and safety of acoziborole in patients with human African trypanosomiasis … Read more

Antony Blinken says the Biden administration supports zero-Covid protesters in China

CNN — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the Biden administration supports the zero-Covid protesters in Chinaexplaining that he will address the topic when he visits the country early next year. “Of course, we do,” Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when asked about the US support for the … Read more

As respiratory viruses strain US health care systems, the Biden administration tells states how it’s ready to help

CNN — Nearly 20,000 people in the United States were admitted to the hospital for flu last week, almost double the number of admissions from the week before, according to data updated Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that there have been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 … Read more

New metagenomic study reveals global landscape of antimicrobial resistance

There are large geographical differences in both how frequently resistant genes occur and in which types of bacteria the genes are found. This is shown by analyzes of sewage from throughout the globe, thus underlining the importance of combating antimicrobial resistance based on data on local conditions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has become … Read more