CDC: Early numbers show unvaccinated at much higher risk of monkeypox

People eligible for a monkeypox vaccine but who did not receive one were about 14 times more likely to be infected than those who were vaccinated, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC). Although extremely limited, the figures offer a first look at the effectiveness of the … Read more

CDC relaxes mask mandates for healthcare facilities

The federal government is no longer recommending universal face coverings in healthcare settings, according to new CDC recommendations released quietly last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention executive order released Friday overturned nearly two and a half years of guidance saying face coverings are now only required in hospitals and nursing homes where … Read more

‘Incurable’ STI linked to infertility due to ‘silent spread’

A possible new ‘superbug’ STI that has so far proved resistant to antibiotics has scientists worried amid an ‘out of control’ STD outbreak, with the medical community saying more testing for the disease is needed. Mycoplasma genitalium – also known as M. genitalium or M. gen – is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that can … Read more

CDC no longer recommends universal masking in healthcare settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends universal masking in health care settings, unless the facilities are in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. The agency quietly released the updates as part of an overhaul to its infection control guidelines for health care workers released Friday afternoon. This marks a major shift from … Read more