As diseases outbreak sickens more than a dozen children in Ohio, local health officials seek help from CDC

As diseases outbreak sickens more than a dozen children in Ohio, local health officials seek help from CDC

CNN — A growing disease outbreak in Columbus, Ohio, has sickened more than a dozen unvaccinated children and hospitalized nine of them, and local public health officials are seeking assistance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We asked the CDC for assistance and they will be sending two epidemiologists at the end … Read more

Polio is back — how concerned should Americans be?

Polio is back -- how concerned should Americans be?

CNN — New York’s governor has declared a state of emergency after health officials detected poliovirus in the wastewater of five counties – evidence the disease is circulating. The declaration also follows a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an unvaccinated person in Rockland County, New York, who was diagnosed … Read more

Tiny batteries that power our devices pose danger to children, report says

Tiny batteries that power our devices pose danger to children, report says

CNN — An increasing number of little children are eating small lithium batteries, also known as “button” batteries, that power many of our consumer devices, with potentially serious consequences, even death, a new report found. Despite public information campaigns warning parents about the dangers, visits to emergency rooms as a result of battery poisonings were … Read more

Nearly 1 million children in London offered polio boosters after virus is detected in sewage

Nearly 1 million children in London offered polio boosters after virus is detected in sewage

CNN — Children living in London will be offered an extra dose of the polio vaccine following the discovery of poliovirus in sewage in the British capital, health authorities announced Wednesday. The UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization said a targeted inactivated polio vaccine booster dose should be offered to all children between the … Read more

Illinois day-care worker tests positive for monkeypox, officials say, but no cases reported in children

Illinois day-care worker tests positive for monkeypox, officials say, but no cases reported in children

CNN — An Illinois day-care worker has tested positive for monkeypox, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday, but no other cases have been reported there. “An adult at a day-care center in the Rantoul area has tested positive for a case of monkeypox,” department Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said at a news briefing. … Read more

Long COVID symptoms in children more prevalent in those 14 and older: study

Long COVID symptoms in children more prevalent in those 14 and older: study

Children older than 14 are more likely than younger children to present with long COVID-19 symptoms, a new study shows, but it doesn’t preclude younger children from the disease. A new pediatric study published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open found that nearly 6 percent of children infected with COVID-19 … Read more