Health News Roundup: UNICEF study shows children account for 40% of cholera cases in Haiti; Measles is now an imminent global threat due to a pandemic, according to WHO and CDC and more

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UNICEF study shows children account for 40% of cholera cases in Haiti

About two in five of Haiti’s growing cholera cases are in children, the UN children’s agency warned on Wednesday, saying severely malnourished young people were three times more likely to die from the disease. bacterial. Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has suffered a series of disasters in recent years, including a presidential assassination last year followed by a violent earthquake.

Measles now an imminent global threat due to pandemic, WHO and CDC say

There is now an imminent threat of the spread of measles in various parts of the world as COVID-19 has led to a steady decline in vaccination coverage and weakened disease surveillance, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Health (WHO) and the US Public Health Agency. Measles is one of the most contagious human viruses and is almost entirely preventable by vaccination. However, 95% vaccination coverage is needed to prevent epidemics among populations.

US extends tariff exclusions on Chinese COVID-related medical products

The Biden administration said Wednesday it would extend tariff exclusions on 81 COVID 19-related medical products from China for an additional 90 days, avoiding a scheduled Nov. 30 expiration. “In light of ongoing efforts to combat COVID, the exclusions have been extended an additional 90 days, through February 28, 2023,” the USTR said in a statement.

Georgia court orders US abortion law reinstated

Georgia can enforce a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy while the state appeals a lower court order overturning it, the state’s highest court said Wednesday. The Georgia Supreme Court did not provide reasons for its unanimous order. The state law, which went into effect last summer, has been challenged by Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups.

Fears Malawi’s cholera outbreak could worsen during rainy season

Malawi is in the throes of a cholera outbreak that has spread across the country, killing 292 people and infecting 9,447 since March when the first case was reported, according to Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda. Most deaths from the disease, which spreads through contaminated water and food, occur in four districts bordering Lake Malawi and Blantyre, the country’s second largest city.

FDA ranks Baxter’s hospital bed system recall as most serious

The U.S. health regulator on Wednesday ranked Baxter International Inc’s recall of hospital bed systems as the most serious type, over concerns it could lead to life-threatening injuries or death. Baxter has initiated the recall of its WatchCare incontinence management system, which is used to discreetly alert an incontinent patient’s caregiver to involuntary urination or defecation, by sending a correction letter to its customers at the end of september.

China’s COVID infections hit record high as economic outlook darkens

China reported a record number of COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with cities across the country imposing localized lockdowns, mass testing and other restrictions that are fueling frustration and clouding prospects for the world’s second-largest economy. The resurgence of infections, nearly three years after the pandemic emerged in the central city of Wuhan, casts doubt on investors’ hopes that China will soon ease its rigid zero-COVID policy, despite recent more targeted measures. .

Shionogi seeks Japan’s approval for COVID-19 vaccine

Shionogi & Co Ltd said on Thursday it had filed for approval in Japan for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The move comes two days after Japanese regulators granted emergency approval for Shionogi’s oral treatment for COVID, the first for a domestic drugmaker.

Uganda records downward trend in Ebola cases – official

Uganda has recorded a decline in the number of new Ebola cases, with some districts going at least two weeks without recording new infections, health ministry officials said. The development is a major sign that the East African country is enjoying some success in its efforts to tackle its latest outbreak of deadly haemorrhagic fever more than two months after it was declared.

World Cup rallies could fuel latest wave of COVID in Brazil, experts warn

Brazil is facing a new wave of COVID cases just as the soccer-mad nation rallies in droves to watch the World Cup, with new coronavirus subvariants and delayed vaccine reminders ringing the bell. alarm among public health specialists. On World Cup match days, many Brazilians take time off from work to hit bars and restaurants or gather for barbecues at home to watch the games, cheering on a national team in search of its sixth world champion title in Qatar.

(With agency contributions.)

Denise W. Whigham