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Bringing a Pup From Abroad? There Are New Rules

Dogs have to be microchipped to stop spread of rabies, at least 6 months old to come to US

(Newser) - All dogs coming into the US from other countries must be at least 6 months old and microchipped to help prevent the spread of rabies, according to new government rules published Wednesday. The new rules require vaccination for dogs that have been in countries where rabies is common. The update...

Superbug Spread by Eyedrops Has Shown Up in 2 Dogs: CDC

Drug-resistant bacteria could spread, investigator says

(Newser) - Two dogs treated last year in New Jersey have tested positive for a drug-resistant strain of bacteria blamed for a fatal outbreak tied to eyedrops used by people, a CDC investigator reported Friday. The bacteria found—carbapenemase-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa—is "highly genetically related" to the germs linked to...

CDC Warns of Fake Botox Shots in 9 States

19 women experienced harmful reactions, including difficulty breathing, slurred speech

(Newser) - The CDC is warning about counterfeit or botched Botox shots that have led to hospitalizations in numerous states. Nineteen women in nine states experienced harmful reactions. Nine people were hospitalized and four were treated with an antitoxin due to fears that the Botox—a purified form of the botulinum toxin—...

Rise in Measles Cases Prompts CDC Warning

Increase threatens disease's elimination status in US, report says

(Newser) - An increase in the spread of measles has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerned about whether the disease will no longer be considered eliminated in the US. The number of cases recorded in the first quarter of this year equals about 30% of the total cases logged since...

CDC Issues Alert on a Rare Infection
CDC Issues Alert
on a Rare Infection

CDC Issues Alert on a Rare Infection

Strain of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria is hitting people 30 to 60 the hardest

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert Thursday urging doctors to look out for a bacterial infection that is rare, but on the rise. The CDC said infections are being caused by a strain of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, CNN reports. Sickness caused by the bacteria is known...

Life Expectancy Is on the Rise Again, With Caveats

COVID and drug overdoses still pose an issue, per the CDC

(Newser) - Life expectancy in the United States is on the upswing once again, its first positive motion in two years. NPR reports on new CDC stats that show in 2022, the average came in at 77.5 years, an increase from the 76.4 years set in 2021. But both COVID...

Uptick in US Measles Cases 'Boggles the Mind'
Florida, You're Not Alone
With Your Measles Issues

Florida, You're Not Alone With Your Measles Issues

Cases of the technically eradicated disease in the US have popped up in at least 16 states

(Newser) - Florida isn't the only place where measles seems to be making a comeback . CDC stats as of Thursday show a total of 41 cases around the US, in 16 states and growing (click here for a current list). CBS News notes that these numbers "mark one of the...

CDC: People With COVID Don't Need to Isolate for 5 Days

The science of the illness is unchanged, but the toll has lessened

(Newser) - Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to isolate for five days , US health officials announced Friday. The CDC changed its longstanding guidance, saying that people can return to work if they meet certain conditions. COVID-19, of course, is no longer the public health menace it was—after...

Report: CDC Plans to Cut COVID Isolation Guidelines

'Washington Post' reports that 5-day isolation period will be dropped

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to loosen its COVID isolation guidelines for the first time since it cut the recommended isolation time from 10 days to five days in Dec. 2021, the Washington Post reports. The Post, citing "four agency officials and an expert familiar...

CDC's Latest Syphilis Report Is a Gloomy Read

207K cases were recorded in 2022, per the CDC

(Newser) - There were more than 207,000 syphilis cases in the US in 2022, a count that was last that high in 1950 . The CDC on Tuesday shared the new data, which showed cases numbered 115,064 in 2018—meaning an 80% surge happened over a four-year period. Syphilis is still...

California's New COVID Policy Distances From CDC

State now allows those with COVID but no symptoms to go out in public

(Newser) - Just tested positive for COVID but don't have any symptoms? You're now free to move about in public as you please—at least if you're in California, where coronavirus policy has been "quietly" updated in a distancing from the CDC's own guidelines, reports NBC News...

After Deaths, CDC Issues Disease Alert
After Deaths,
CDC Issues
Disease Alert

After Deaths, CDC Issues Disease Alert

Five cases were reported of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, three of them fatal

(Newser) - After several cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever were reported in Southern California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about the tick-borne illness. Five people have been hospitalized since July after being in a Mexican border city in recent months, the Washington Post reports, four...

US Life Expectancy Jumps, but There's Another 'Bleak' Stat

Life expectancy is now 77.5 years, but that boost hasn't recouped pandemic losses

(Newser) - Fresh stats out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer some good news and some bad news in terms of our collective longevity. "The good news is that life expectancy increased for the first time in two years," the CDC's Elizabeth Arias, a co-author on...

US Infant Mortality Rate Went the Wrong Way Last Year

At 3%, it's the largest increase in 2 decades, reports the CDC

(Newser) - The US infant mortality rate rose 3% last year—the largest increase in two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. White and Native American infants, infant boys, and babies born at 37 weeks or earlier had significant death rate increases, reports the AP . The CDC's...

COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Are No More

'Once a staple of the pandemic,' they're now a relic of the past

(Newser) - Those little white cards documenting you'd been vaccinated against COVID-19, once required at certain restaurants, theaters, gyms , and international border crossings, will no longer be distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says it's not giving them out anymore, and that anyone who wants...

CDC May Soon Recommend Use of Popular Antibiotic to Prevent STIs

Only certain STIs, and only among certain at-risk groups, however

(Newser) - There's now a "morning after" pill, of sorts, for the prevention of certain STIs within certain groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday posted a draft recommendation of guidelines for health care providers; under the new guidance, doctors would be advised to consider prescribing a...

CDC Solves Mystery of Norovirus on Hiking Trail

Virus often associated with cruise ships found a way to spread in the great outdoors

(Newser) - Even in the great outdoors, people aren't safe from norovirus, the nasty stomach bug that plagued the popular Pacific Crest Trail last year. Now, the CDC knows why. NPR reports that a remote log cabin where backpackers stopped to use the restroom was the culprit in spreading the illness....

New COVID Variant Comes on CDC's Radar

BA.2.86 has an unusually large number of mutations

(Newser) - The days when a new strain of COVID could make headlines may seem like the distant past, but the CDC is calling attention to what it says is a potentially worrisome one, reports CBS News . It's called BA.2.86, and it's been spotted so far in the...

After Humans Spread COVID to Deer, They Got Us Back

Researchers identify cases of deer-to-human transmission

(Newser) - Humans spread COVID-19 to American deer more than 100 times, according to a new analysis, which shows the "deer-adapted" virus jumped back to humans on a few occasions. The study, confirming early alpha and gamma variants were circulating in deer after becoming rare in people, raises concerns that the...

Big Cause of Food Poisoning Outbreaks: Sick Workers

Researchers suggest paid sick leave might make restaurants safer

(Newser) - Providing restaurant workers with paid sick leave could make restaurants safer places to eat, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers say. According to a report released this week, around 40% of food poisoning outbreaks with a known cause were linked to sick or infectious workers. Researchers studied food poisoning...

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