Tag: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Sherif R. Zaki, Acclaimed Disease Detective, Dies at 65

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Yasmin; a son, Samy; and two sisters, Dorreya and Safa. In 1978, he graduated second in his class of 800 from the Alexandria Medical School in Egypt. But he was less interested in practicing medicine than in unraveling mysteries, which had been an obsession […]

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Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]

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Travelers to U.S.: Can They Get Their Tests Back in Time?

LONDON — Deborah Tudhope was growing anxious. An American lawyer living in London, she was hoping to fly back to the United States in two weeks to see her 96-year-old mother, who lives in a retirement home in Maine. But the Omicron-driven travel restrictions announced on Thursday by the White House have her worrying that […]

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Why Hasn’t the U.S. Found More Omicron Cases?

Last Friday, just a day after South African scientists first announced the discovery of the Omicron variant, Europe reported its first case: The new coronavirus variant was in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases. But in the United States, scientists kept […]

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W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

LONDON — As the still-mysterious Omicron variant reached American shores, the World Health Organization on Wednesday scolded wealthy countries that imposed travel bans and dismissed those that poured resources into vaccine booster campaigns when billions in poor countries had yet to receive their first shots. The comments by W.H.O. officials reopened fraught questions of equity […]

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Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known

The heavily mutated new coronavirus variant was in Europe several days earlier than previously known, health officials said Tuesday, and the number of countries where it has been found increased to at least 20, raising questions about whether the pandemic is about to surge once again. The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the […]

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Counterfeit Covid Masks Are Still Sold Everywhere

The domestic industry’s woes extend beyond the consumer mask market. In recent months, the medical supply giants that serve the country’s large hospital systems have eagerly resumed buying lower cost protective equipment from overseas. The companies, among them McKesson, Henry Schein and Cardinal Health, have been lobbying the Biden administration to retain a tariff exemption […]

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Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors

For nearly 20 months, the roughly 1.3 million Americans living in nursing homes and their families grappled with strict visitation policies that, while designed to keep vulnerable residents safe from the coronavirus, caused distress for separated loved ones and had serious health consequences for many suddenly isolated seniors. Initially, visitors were barred entirely. Later, facilities […]

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Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish

A Connecticut nursing home had planned to roll out Covid booster shots to residents at the beginning of this month. But before it could start the program, the coronavirus swept through the home, the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan, infecting 89 people, including 67 residents. Nearly all were fully vaccinated. Eight of […]

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Vaping Is Risky. Why Is the F.D.A. Authorizing E-Cigarettes?

When they first appeared in the United States in the mid-2000s, “electronic nicotine delivery systems” — e-cigarettes, vapes, e-liquids and other wares that contain the stimulant found in tobacco — were subject to little federal oversight. Their makers could incorporate countless other ingredients and flavorings. Like cigarettes before them, the devices proved extremely attractive to […]

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Immunocompromised Families Greet Child’s Vaccine With Relief

The organization recently ran a vaccine clinic in the heavily Polish and Latino communities, where some have hesitated to get their children vaccinated. MariCarmen Zavala brought her 8-year-old son, Louis Perez. “It’s really important for me to get the vaccine for him so that my son is able to do the activities that he likes […]

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C.D.C. Eases Up on Dog Travel Ban

The United States government has eased up on a rule that had banned the importation of dogs from 113 countries because of concerns over fraudulent rabies vaccination certificates. The change comes less than six weeks after the ruling, which pet owners had complained was overly restrictive, went into full effect. As of Oct. 14, the […]

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Inside the C.D.C.’s Pandemic ‘Weather Service’

Scientists have been modeling infectious-disease outbreaks since at least the early 1900s, when the Nobel laureate Ronald Ross used mosquito-reproduction rates and parasite-incubation periods to predict the spread of malaria. In recent decades, Britain and several other European countries have managed to make forecasting a routine part of their infectious-disease control programs. So why, then, […]

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C.D.C. Panel Endorses Covid Vaccine Booster Shots for All Adults

Faced with rising infections and an anticipated surge in holiday travel, scientific advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday endorsed booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines for all Americans over 18. If formally adopted by the agency, the recommendation will fulfill President Biden’s pledge in August to make the extra doses […]

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C.D.C. Says ‘Smallpox’ Vials Found in Lab Did Not Contain Disease-Causing Virus

This article has been updated with the results of the C.D.C.’s investigation. After an investigation into vials labeled “smallpox” found at a laboratory in Pennsylvania, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Thursday that it had found no evidence the vials contained the variola virus, the cause of the disease. The vials “were […]

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Biden Met With Xi. But Is His China Policy Right?

The choreography has been exquisite. President Biden spent his first nine months in office trying to gain leverage over China: He patched up trade disputes with America’s allies. He hosted the first-ever in-person meeting of leaders of “The Quad,” which forged deeper ties between the United States, India, Japan and Australia, all of which sit […]

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Our Covid Failures Don’t Have to Define Our Future

I’ve made peace with the idea of getting an eventual breakthrough infection myself — my risk for severe outcomes seems low and similar to other things I do in life — but I would hate to pass Covid-19 to someone else. I’ve been using rapid tests, especially before meeting people to spend time with them […]

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CDC Investigates Flu Outbreak at University of Michigan

Federal public health officials are investigating a “large and sudden” outbreak of the flu among students at the University of Michigan, the university announced this week. Since October, there have been 528 cases of the flu on the campus in Ann Arbor, a vast majority — 77 percent — occurring in students who have not […]

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Second U.S. Case of Monkeypox This Year Is Discovered in Maryland

A case of monkeypox, a rare but potentially serious viral illness, was identified in a Maryland resident who had recently returned from Nigeria, making it the second case in the United States this year, health officials said. They said the risk that the virus would spread was low. The person was in isolation with mild […]

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Scientists Fight a New Source of Vaccine Misinformation: Aaron Rodgers

This spring, he was auditioning to be the host of “Jeopardy!” Nearly every day, he pops up on television ads for national brands like State Farm insurance. And on Sundays this fall, he has led the Green Bay Packers to a division-best 7-2 record. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not just the N.F.L.’s reigning most valuable […]

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C.D.C. Recommends Covid Vaccine for Younger Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday formally endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 through 11, a move that will buttress defenses against a possible surge as winter arrives and ease the worries of tens of millions of pandemic-weary parents. At a meeting earlier in the day, a panel of […]

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How to Get a Covid Vaccine Shot for Your Kid

Covid shots for children ages 5 to 11 years have finally been authorized, but it may take a few days or even a week or more before kid-size doses of the vaccine are widely available in your area. On Tuesday, a panel of experts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its blessing […]

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Covid Shots for Children 5 to 11 Could Begin Soon After C.D.C. Panel Meets

Vaccinations would ease the minds of many parents who are anxious to protect their young children and frustrated by frequent school shutdowns and quarantines. Outbreaks of the coronavirus forced 2,000 schools to close between early August and October. Every million doses given to children aged 5 to 11 would prevent about 58,000 cases and 226 […]

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Covid-19 and Children: How Often Do Vaccines Cause Heart Problems?

Federal regulators are reviewing data on the link between Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine and a rare heart problem in adolescents, the company announced on Sunday. That side effect — myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle — has also worried advisers to federal agencies in deliberations regarding use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in younger children and […]

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F.D.A. Expected to Clear Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine for Young Children

State and local health officials are girding not just for more vaccine hesitancy, but for possible fights over vaccine mandates in schools. “I think the contention we have seen over the mask issue is likely to pale in comparison to what we’re going to see over the idea of a vaccine mandate” for school children, […]

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends Vaccine for Children 5 to 11

WASHINGTON — An expert committee advising the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended that regulators authorize Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, bringing about 28 million children a major step closer to becoming eligible for shots. If the F.D.A. follows the panel’s advice in the coming days, as is expected, the Biden administration […]

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Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings.

Following a series of endorsements over the last month by scientific panels advising federal agencies, tens of millions of Americans are now eligible for booster shots of coronavirus vaccines. But the recommendations — even those approved unanimously — mask significant dissent and disquiet among those advisers about the need for booster shots in the United […]

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F.D.A. Says Pfizer Vaccine’s Benefits Outweigh Key Risks in Children 5 to 11

But they have remained high, with more than 130,000 cases reported in the second week of October, the American Academy of Pediatrics said, accounting for a quarter of all cases nationwide. Fewer than two percent of those cases resulted in hospitalization, but that figure was based on data from only half the states, the organization […]

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C.D.C. Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

In a sweeping victory for the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots of the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines for tens of millions of Americans. The decision follows an agency endorsement last month of booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and opens the door […]

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Onions Sickens More Than 650

More than 650 people in 37 states have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to imported onions, federal health officials said on Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration said that an investigation had identified ProSource Inc., of Hailey, Idaho, as a source of potentially contaminated whole, fresh onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, […]

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Small Needles, Short Lines and Few Tears: Biden’s Plan to Vaccinate Young Children

WASHINGTON — The campaign to vaccinate young children in the United States against the coronavirus will not look like it did for adults. There will be no mass inoculation sites. Pediatricians will be enlisted to help work with parents. Even the vials — and the needles to administer doses — will be smaller. Biden administration […]

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