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CDC Identifies Two Monkeypox Strains in US; Provides Updates on Investigation

At least two strains of monkeypox are currently circulating in the United States, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday. Most cases in the United States involve the same strain that has been spreading in the United Kingdom and Europe, but investigators have also detected […]

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US to Extend COVID Public Health Emergency

Federal health officials will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency past mid-July, which will continue pandemic-era policies as coronavirus cases increase again. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has renewed the emergency order since January 2020. The declaration allows the U.S. to grant emergency authorizations of drugs, vaccines, […]

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Michigan COVID Cases Possibly the First From Animals in US

During the first year of the pandemic, at least four people in Michigan were infected with a coronavirus variant that has been found in mink. The cluster, which previously included three cases, marks the first known instance of likely animal-to-human “spillover” of the virus in the U.S., according to The New York […]

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US Life Expectancy Dropped by 2 Years in 2020: Study

The average life expectancy in the United States is expected to drop by 2.26 years from 2019 to 2021, the sharpest decrease during that time among high-income nations, according to a new study. The study, published in medRxiv, said U.S. life expectancy went from 78.86 years in 2019 to 76.99 years in […]

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Legionnaires’ Disease Shows Steady Increase in US Over 15+ Years

Legionnaires’ disease (LD) in the United States appears to be on an upswing that started in 2003, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The reasons for this increased incidence are unclear, the researchers write in Emerging Infectious Diseases. “The findings revealed a rising national trend in cases, […]

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CDC Relaxes Mask Guidance for Most of US, Schools

The CDC on Friday released new, less restrictive mask guidance for most counties in the United States. The updated recommendations are based on new ways to assess COVID-19 risk in communities, which will focus on local pandemic-related hospital strain rather than case numbers alone. “This framework moves beyond new cases […]

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US COVID-19 Cases Falling, Hospitalizations Peaking

The average number of daily COVID-19 cases is falling nationwide in the U.S., and hospitalizations seem to be nearing a peak. The daily average on Thursday was about 590,000 cases, according to the data tracker by The New York Times, marking a 27% decline from two weeks ago. Although the number is still […]

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