Polio Virus Has Been Detected in London’s Sewage

A type of poliovirus derived from vaccines has been detected in London sewage samples, the World Health Organization and British health officials said Wednesday, adding that more analysis was underway. No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was fully eradicated two decades ago. The WHO said in a … Read more

Current Monkeypox Virus May Be Showing Accelerated Evolution as More New Cases Rise

The monkeypox outbreak that health authorities first noticed in Europe back in May is getting worse. According to the World Health Organization’s latest report, there are over 2,100 confirmed cases, and at least one person has died. Now geneticists finally have enough data to begin getting a handle on how exactly the outbreak started—and where … Read more

CDC investigating ‘large, ongoing’ outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in US history” after at least 24 cases and six deaths were reported in Florida. In a Wednesday press release, the CDC described a serogroup C meningococcal outbreak primarily spreading among gay, … Read more

Los Angeles County reports 14 total probable cases of monkeypox as infections slowly rise across US

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — As the number of monkeypox infections continues to rise across the US, Los Angeles County public health officials on Thursday reported 14 total probable cases in the region. LA County confirmed its first presumptive case of monkeypox on June 2 after an adult county resident traveled, and had a known close … Read more

CDC investigating ‘large, ongoing’ outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in US history” after at least 24 cases and six deaths were reported in Florida. In a Wednesday press release, the CDC described a serogroup C meningococcal outbreak primarily spreading among gay, … Read more

An Ancient Killer Is Rapidly Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics, Scientists Warn

Typhoid fever might be rare in developed countries, but this ancient threat, thought to have been around for millennia, is still very much a danger in our modern world. According to new research, the bacterium that causes typhoid fever is evolving extensive drug resistance, and it’s rapidly replacing strains that aren’t resistant. Currently, antibiotics are … Read more

Riverside County public health officials announce first possible case of monkeypox after man tests positive for an orthopoxvirus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) — Riverside County may have their first probable case of monkeypox after one person tested positive for an orthopoxvirus, public health officials announced Wednesday. A man under the age of 60, from eastern Riverside County, showed preliminary positive test results for what officials are calling an orthopoxvirus. The man was seen in … Read more

Canada is first to approve experimental ALS treatment

Canada has become the first country to approve a new medication for ALS, a progressive neurological disease that causes loss of muscle control and eventual paralysis. But while Health Canada approved the drug, called Albrioza, with conditions, the US Food and Drug Administration says it’s not yet convinced the drug is effective. The delay has … Read more

US failed to stop fraud in COVID loan program, Clyburn says

The US government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, depleting the funds and making Americans more vulnerable to identity theft, the head of a congressional panel examining the payouts said Tuesday. Democratic Rep. James Clyburn blamed … Read more