epidemics and outbreaks

Flu ‘gathering speed’ across US as health officials prepare for potentially rough season

CNN — US health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about this year’s flu season – and are already seeing signs that the virus is spreading. As the 2022-23 flu season gets underway, one high school in California is facing a “high number of absences” among students due to possible flu cases. Flu activity in the …

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CDC warns of severe illnesses from monkeypox as Ohio reports death of a monkeypox patient

CNN — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new warning to health care providers Thursday about severe illnesses in people with monkeypox. The alert comes as Ohio reported that an individual with monkeypox has died – the third known death of a patient with monkeypox in the United States. Ohio listed …

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Worries over stigma are driving a push to rename monkeypox, but the process is slow

CNN — Since the beginning of the monkeypox outbreak, scientists and activists have pushed for the name of the virus and the disease to be changed to something “non-discriminatory” and “non-stigmatizing.” Public health experts have worried that stigma could steer people away from getting tested and vaccinated. A new name can help slow the spread …

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Australia’s tough flu season could spell trouble for the US this winter, especially with Covid-19 in the mix

CNN — Influenza is always unpredictable. Infectious disease experts like to hedge their forecasts with a caution: When you’ve seen one flu season, you’ve seen one flu season. But when forecasters try to get a bead on what influenza might have in store for North America in any given winter, they look to countries like …

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