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Supply of Yellow Fever vaccine is dwindling: CDC

Supply of Yellow Fever vaccine is dwindling: CDC

The supply of yellow fever vaccine is dwindling in the United States and it will likely run out by the end of this summer, federal health authorities warned on Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also made it clear that it has no way to produce more of the vaccine due to a manufacturing issue.

The shortage of the yellow fever vaccine comes at a really troubling time as the nation has witnessed multiple outbreaks of the disease, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

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Drug-resistant Fungal Infection Reported in More than 30 Cases across United States

Drug-resistant Fungal Infection Reported in More than 30 Cases across United States

More than 30 people across the United States have been diagnosed with Candida auris, a deadly and drug resistant fungal infection, as per CDC report. The authorities had issued first warning regarding Candida auris in June 2016. The drug resistant infection has been noticed in other parts of the world as well.

Candida auris leads to serious bloodstream infections and is communicable. It can survive for month on skin and its traces have been found on bed rails, chairs and hospital equipment for weeks after exposure to infection.

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SoyNut Butter expands recall due to rise in E. coli infection reports

SoyNut Butter recalled due to increasing E. coli infections

Glenview, Illinois -based I.M. Health SoyNut Butter Co. has issued a voluntary recall for its SoyNut Butter and other products in its range after the product was linked to 12 cases of E. coli.

E. coli cases linked to SoyNut Butter have been reported in states from Arizona, Oregon, California, New Jersey and Maryland. The illnesses linked to the butter started between Jan. 6 and Feb. 15 this year.

The product affected by the recall has a “Best Buy” date of Aug. 30 or Aug. 31 of 2018. CDC has recommended people not to eat the recalled product.

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Flu activity remains at high levels across the United States: CDC

Flu activity remains at high levels across the United States: CDC

Flu activity declined slightly but remained at high levels across the U.S. during the week ended February 18th, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said in its latest report.

Most of the U.S. states witnessed widespread flu-related illness during the week under consideration, with flu cases reported in almost all counties. The season disease hit the center of the U.S. and over toward the east harder than any other part of the country.

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Heroin Overdose Issue Required Urgent Attention: CDC Review

Heroin Overdose Issue Required Urgent Attention: CDC Review

Heroin overdose accounts for nearly 25 percent of overdose cases in the United States as per a new CDC review on opioid related deaths across the country. Compared to year 2010 when nearly 50 percent of overdose deaths were due to opioid overdose, the number has increased to 60 percent in 2015. In 1999, just 6 percent of overdoses were linked to heroin and now it accounts for nearly 25 percent of overdose cases.

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Heroin epidemic continues to claim lives: CDC report

Heroin epidemic continues to claim lives: CDC report

Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than tripled across the United States in the past five years, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) revealed in its latest report.

According to the report, one in every four drug overdoses (25 per cent) in 2015 was related to the illegal potent drug heroin. In 1999, the percentage was merely 6 per cent of all overdose cases related to heroine.

The federal agency also warned that adults in the age group of 45-54 years had the highest drug overdose-related death rate in the nation.

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Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) abruptly canceled its climate conference, former Vice President Al Gore announced that he would host a similar conference focusing on climate change and its effects on public health.

On Thursday, Gore announced that he would hold his own Climate & Health Meeting in partnership with Howard Frumkin, former director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

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Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that pet rats were the cause of recent virus outbreak which sickened 8 people in Illinois and Wisconsin.

CDC said the victims in the two states worked at rat-breeding facilities and got infected with Seoul virus that is not typically found in the nation.

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Fight against zika continues

Fight against zika continues

Amid growing cases of zika infection across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has University of Florida researchers with a $10 million grant to find ways to stop zika-like diseases from becoming widespread in the nation.

University officials confirmed yesterday that the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease’s Gateway Program received the grant from the CDC for leading a new research program focused at stopping diseases like zika.

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Washington, Minnesota witness decline in child obesity rates

Washington, Minnesota witness decline in child obesity rates

Obesity rates for young children from low-income families in Washington, Minnesota and many other states in the U.S. slipped during the four-year period ending 2014, stats released by the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Department of Agriculture (DoA) showed.

Minnesota’s rate of obesity rate among kids in the age group of 2 to 4 years from low-income families participating in the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program slipped from 12.7 per cent in 2010 to 12.3 per cent in 2014.

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