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  •   The creation of an adequately funded trained and motivated community health care workforce is urgently needed to help African countries deal with a growing burden of disease a senior official with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday of Diseases Africa CDC Herilinda Temba an Africa CDC medical epidemiologist speaking at a regional workshop held in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa emphasized that investments in a strong community health care system will improve the continent s ability to predict diagnose and treat disease Temba said that recruiting additional community health workers will also boost Africa s post pandemic recovery noting that community health workers have been key players in raising awareness about infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV AIDS as well as helping patients to adhere to the medication in the long term According to Temba Africa s fight against COVID 19 received a much needed boost thanks to the active involvement of community health workers in contact tracing diagnosis and treatment of the disease He noted that policy funding and capacity gaps had derailed the integration of community health workers into national disease management programs across the sub Saharan African region Temba urged governments to take advantage of digital tools innovative financing collaborative research and training to strengthen community health systems Leading policymakers funders and researchers will attend the five day forum in Mombasa to discuss innovative ways to promote community health systems in Africa in light of the growing burden of disease Salim Hussein head of Community Health Services at the Kenyan Ministry of Health said the government has increased investments in grassroots health systems as part of efforts to adequately prepare for future disease outbreaks According to Hussein grassroots health workers are receiving the right facilitation to help them reach underserved communities in rural areas and urban slums Xinhua
    Africa CDC calls for strong community health systems to address the burden of disease.
      The creation of an adequately funded trained and motivated community health care workforce is urgently needed to help African countries deal with a growing burden of disease a senior official with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday of Diseases Africa CDC Herilinda Temba an Africa CDC medical epidemiologist speaking at a regional workshop held in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa emphasized that investments in a strong community health care system will improve the continent s ability to predict diagnose and treat disease Temba said that recruiting additional community health workers will also boost Africa s post pandemic recovery noting that community health workers have been key players in raising awareness about infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV AIDS as well as helping patients to adhere to the medication in the long term According to Temba Africa s fight against COVID 19 received a much needed boost thanks to the active involvement of community health workers in contact tracing diagnosis and treatment of the disease He noted that policy funding and capacity gaps had derailed the integration of community health workers into national disease management programs across the sub Saharan African region Temba urged governments to take advantage of digital tools innovative financing collaborative research and training to strengthen community health systems Leading policymakers funders and researchers will attend the five day forum in Mombasa to discuss innovative ways to promote community health systems in Africa in light of the growing burden of disease Salim Hussein head of Community Health Services at the Kenyan Ministry of Health said the government has increased investments in grassroots health systems as part of efforts to adequately prepare for future disease outbreaks According to Hussein grassroots health workers are receiving the right facilitation to help them reach underserved communities in rural areas and urban slums Xinhua
    Africa CDC calls for strong community health systems to address the burden of disease.
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    Africa CDC calls for strong community health systems to address the burden of disease.

    - The creation of an adequately funded, trained and motivated community health care workforce is urgently needed to help African countries deal with a growing burden of disease, a senior official with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. of Diseases (Africa CDC).

    Herilinda Temba, an Africa CDC medical epidemiologist, speaking at a regional workshop held in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, emphasized that investments in a strong community health care system will improve the continent's ability to predict, diagnose and treat disease.

    Temba said that recruiting additional community health workers will also boost Africa's post-pandemic recovery, noting that community health workers have been key players in raising awareness about infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as helping patients. to adhere to the medication in the long term.

    According to Temba, Africa's fight against COVID-19 received a much-needed boost thanks to the active involvement of community health workers in contact tracing, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

    He noted that policy, funding and capacity gaps had derailed the integration of community health workers into national disease management programs across the sub-Saharan African region. Temba urged governments to take advantage of digital tools, innovative financing, collaborative research and training to strengthen community health systems.

    Leading policymakers, funders and researchers will attend the five-day forum in Mombasa to discuss innovative ways to promote community health systems in Africa in light of the growing burden of disease.

    Salim Hussein, head of Community Health Services at the Kenyan Ministry of Health, said the government has increased investments in grassroots health systems as part of efforts to adequately prepare for future disease outbreaks.

    According to Hussein, grassroots health workers are receiving the right facilitation to help them reach underserved communities in rural areas and urban slums. ■



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  •  More than 11 200 patients in the United States have been hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC USAProduced by Global Service Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-
     More than 11 200 patients in the United States have been hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC USAProduced by Global Service Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-
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    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-

    More than 11,200 patients in the United States have been hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). USA

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  •   Omicron s new BQ 1 and BQ 1 1 subvariants accounted for more than half of new COVID 19 cases in the United States in the past week according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US CDC BQ 1 1 accounted for about 29 4 percent of variants in circulation in the week ending Nov 26 with BQ 1 estimated to account for 27 9 percent according to CDC data The two variants are descendants of Omicron s BA 5 sub variant They have replaced BA 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States BA 5 accounted for 19 4 percent of new infections in the past week CDC data showed The CDC is also tracking another concerning new variant of COVID 19 known as XBB which has grown to account for approximately 3 1 percent of new infections nationwide XBB is behind a large number of infections in some South Asian countries and has formed an increasing part of reported virus sequences from around the world and from arriving international travelers Xinhua
    New subvariants of COVID-19 account for more than half of new cases in the US.
      Omicron s new BQ 1 and BQ 1 1 subvariants accounted for more than half of new COVID 19 cases in the United States in the past week according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US CDC BQ 1 1 accounted for about 29 4 percent of variants in circulation in the week ending Nov 26 with BQ 1 estimated to account for 27 9 percent according to CDC data The two variants are descendants of Omicron s BA 5 sub variant They have replaced BA 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States BA 5 accounted for 19 4 percent of new infections in the past week CDC data showed The CDC is also tracking another concerning new variant of COVID 19 known as XBB which has grown to account for approximately 3 1 percent of new infections nationwide XBB is behind a large number of infections in some South Asian countries and has formed an increasing part of reported virus sequences from around the world and from arriving international travelers Xinhua
    New subvariants of COVID-19 account for more than half of new cases in the US.
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    New subvariants of COVID-19 account for more than half of new cases in the US.

    - Omicron's new BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants accounted for more than half of new COVID-19 cases in the United States in the past week, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC)

    BQ.1.1 accounted for about 29.4 percent of variants in circulation in the week ending Nov. 26, with BQ.1 estimated to account for 27.9 percent, according to CDC data.

    The two variants are descendants of Omicron's BA.5 sub-variant. They have replaced BA. 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States.

    BA.5 accounted for 19.4 percent of new infections in the past week, CDC data showed.

    The CDC is also tracking another concerning new variant of COVID-19 known as XBB, which has grown to account for approximately 3.1 percent of new infections nationwide.

    XBB is behind a large number of infections in some South Asian countries and has formed an increasing part of reported virus sequences from around the world and from arriving international travelers. ■



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  •   More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    Summary: Weekly hospitalizations for flu in the US hit a record since 2010
      More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    Summary: Weekly hospitalizations for flu in the US hit a record since 2010
    Foreign3 days ago

    Summary: Weekly hospitalizations for flu in the US hit a record since 2010

    - More than 11,200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). from USA

    Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country, the CDC said.

    Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19. According to the CDC, a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season.

    The CDC estimates that, so far this season, there have been at least 6.2 million cases of flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu.

    Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season, 78 percent have been influenza A (H3N2) and 22 percent have been influenza A (H1N1), according to the CDC.

    Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu, coronavirus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year.

    "We've seen, in some regions, RSV numbers start to trend down. Flu numbers continue to rise. And we're concerned that after the holiday gatherings, a lot of people gather, that we might see increases in numbers." cases of COVID-19 as well," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

    The US's top infectious disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States.

    "In fact, in some regions of the country, we're seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed," Fauci told CBS News on Sunday.

    The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes.

    The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually.

    For half a century, scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses.

    Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine.

    Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains. It is difficult to create effective pre-pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic, according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science.

    Researchers developed a nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (mRNA) lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages.

    This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross-reactive and subtype-specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens, according to the research. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric flu associated deaths were reported in the week ending Nov 19 and a total of 12 pediatric flu related deaths have been reported so far this season according to the CDC The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010: CDC-
      More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric flu associated deaths were reported in the week ending Nov 19 and a total of 12 pediatric flu related deaths have been reported so far this season according to the CDC The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010: CDC-
    Foreign3 days ago

    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010: CDC-

    - More than 11,200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). from USA

    Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country, the CDC said.

    Five pediatric flu-associated deaths were reported in the week ending Nov. 19, and a total of 12 pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported so far this season, according to the CDC.

    The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.2 million cases of flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-
      More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-
    Foreign3 days ago

    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-

    - More than 11,200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). from USA

    Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country, the CDC said.

    Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19. According to the CDC, a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season.

    The CDC estimates that, so far this season, there have been at least 6.2 million cases of flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu.

    Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season, 78 percent have been influenza A (H3N2) and 22 percent have been influenza A (H1N1), according to the CDC.

    Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu, coronavirus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year.

    "We've seen, in some regions, RSV numbers start to trend down. Flu numbers continue to rise. And we're concerned that after the holiday gatherings, a lot of people gather, that we might see increases in numbers." cases of COVID-19 as well," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

    The US's top infectious disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States.

    "In fact, in some regions of the country, we're seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed," Fauci told CBS News on Sunday.

    The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes.

    The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually.

    For half a century, scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses.

    Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine.

    Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains. It is difficult to create effective pre-pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic, according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science.

    Researchers developed a nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (mRNA) lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages.

    This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross-reactive and subtype-specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens, according to the research. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   This World AIDS Day the international community is focusing on how to end the HIV AIDS epidemic by 2030 Experts believe it can be done by overcoming barriers to HIV care and treatment through focusing on priority populations and supporting them through lifelong treatment The focus must be on identifying the remaining last mile barriers and focusing on the unique needs of the vulnerable populations including the most affected population of all teenage girls One of the first things we can do to overcome barriers to HIV care is to move away from the tyranny of the aggregate said Nkosi Tshabalala co host of a webinar http bit ly 3V1RAsr with top African HIV experts and BroadReach Health Development s Acting District Director of Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga South Africa one of the health districts where BroadReach http bit ly 3U50l3B delivers public healthcare in partnership with USAID and the Department of Health That means instead of just looking at general HIV numbers and adopting a one size fits all approach to prevention and care we must focus on the specific communities that have the highest HIV prevalence We must determine what we can do for them in a human centric caring way to address their specific health needs so that they can reach viral suppression This is the key to stopping further transmission of HIV in society by 2030 Reaching adolescent women the most at risk population group for HIV in Africa Today the face of HIV in Africa is a young girl with a baby on her back who when faced with the difficult choice of self care versus child care will always sacrifice her own health for her child said panelist Thanduxolo Doro People Living with HIV PLHIV Civil Society Leader and Project Management Specialist for USAID http bit ly 3GHFMqE South Africa Doro s vivid assessment is backed by data According to the recent UNAIDS In Danger report http bit ly 3B4czTx women and girls accounted for 63 of all new HIV infections in sub Saharan Africa Six out of seven new infections among 15 19 year olds in the region were among girls In Uganda for example adolescent girls were four to five times more likely to be HIV positive than the rest of the population said Dr Andrew Kambugu Executive Director of the Uganda Infectious Disease Institute IDI http bit ly 3OwGFUS who oversees a large scale PEPFAR funded HIV programmes in the country IDI is a capacity building organisation in the infectious diseases space based at Makerere University and is also a CDC funded HIV implementing partner Dr Veni Naidu HIV Community Services Lead with BroadReach Health Development who oversees their DREAMS programme for young women said adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection due to their socio economic circumstances DREAMS is a USAID initiative across Africa to support and mentor at risk adolescent girls and young women Girls are at greater HIV risk if they engage in sex at a very young age when they don t have the power to negotiate condom use when they have multiple sexual partners if they are repressed by patriarchal culture and gender based violence GBV and if they have transactional relationships with sexual partners All symptoms of the current economic environment Orphanhood is also a risk factor because of a lack of guidance and higher risk of GBV said Naidu Girls are often reluctant to get tested or treated for HIV as they fear judgment from their parents caregivers peers and health workers Annah Sango Advocacy Officer with Global Network of People Living with HIV http bit ly 3ECDyWY in Zimbabwe said it is very important to provide a choice to young women so that they can find the preventions or treatments that will work best for their personal situation This includes pills injections vaginal rings or access to male and female condoms Choice means agency which means more protection We need to solve issues of accessibility availability affordability convenience and community buy in around HIV prevention and care for our most vulnerable populations Taking care of the needs of priority HIV AIDS communities For society to achieve epidemic control priority must be given to key populations including men who avoid seeking medical help vulnerable young girls commercial sex workers and members of the LGTBQI communities for whom it was difficult or even risky to seek help One often overlooked and blamed group is adult men for whom it was often practically challenging or embarrassing to come to clinics for HIV testing treatment and care In South Africa adult men make up 37 http bit ly 3VrWsH3 of adults living with HIV Often breadwinners who cannot afford to spend the day in a clinic men form part of the statistic that one in five Ugandans is HIV positive without knowing it Stigma shame criminalisation and economic challenges are the greatest barriers to HIV prevention and care said Kambugu Doro who leads USAID s Mina Men in isiZulu initiative focused on men and their health and wellbeing said cultural context was also important to consider African men often feel pressure to be virile strong respected providers and protectors and clinics can be stressful spaces They may feel stripped of their power patronised by one directional counselling with terminology they don t understand such as viral load transmissibility or prophylaxis We have to work from a point of empathy and inclusivity A crucial message for World AIDS Day 2022 is U U Undetectable Untransmittable highlighting the important message of hope that people who achieve viral suppression through adherence to their HIV AIDS medications can live long and healthy lives This is because viral suppression results in an undetectable viral load meaning that HIV people can live freely without the fear of transmitting HIV to others I am living proof of this message of hope said Doro who champions the MINA campaign http bit ly 3V5r9lo to reach men at risk I ve lived with HIV for 33 years not only surviving but thriving with a happy virally suppressed life with my HIV negative family It is possible Other key communities who need to hear this message include sex workers and their clients men who have sex with men people who inject drugs and transgender people and their sexual partners Combined they accounted for 70 of HIV infections globally and 51 of new infections in sub Saharan Africa according to UNAIDS These priority populations face barriers to access ranging from stigma and education to language barriers social injustice criminalisation especially in countries where homosexuality is illegal and economic and transport issues that make it hard for people to get to clinics To overcome these challenges the healthcare community needed to be innovative We must think outside the box to reach key populations for example through moonlight or drop in clinics says Kambugu For instance we successfully reached the remote fishing communities on Lake Victoria through drone powered drug deliveries Real hope of overcoming HIV AIDS in our lifetime Kambugu said the data proved that it was truly possible to reach epidemic control in our lifetime 75 of all people living with HIV in Uganda have already reached viral suppression it is possible in other countries too For context globally according to a UNAIDS report 59 living with HIV have reached viral suppression while South Africa as a whole has reach 89 according to Health Minister Joe Phaahla To reach 100 Kambugu believes Uganda needs to stop criminalising transactional and homosexual sex so that these population groups can freely access HIV prevention and care We must adopt the spirit of Ubuntu and build empathy into our policymaking For hope to translate into results Naidu believes better communication more individualised models of care and public private collaborations must become the standard for all HIV prevention and care in Africa Adding to this Sangoh believes all governments in Africa should include sex education in the school curricula We need to work tirelessly against inequality and lack of knowledge on all fronts she said
    Africa can overcome HIV by 2030 if we prioritise most vulnerable groups, experts agree ahead of World AIDS Day 2022
      This World AIDS Day the international community is focusing on how to end the HIV AIDS epidemic by 2030 Experts believe it can be done by overcoming barriers to HIV care and treatment through focusing on priority populations and supporting them through lifelong treatment The focus must be on identifying the remaining last mile barriers and focusing on the unique needs of the vulnerable populations including the most affected population of all teenage girls One of the first things we can do to overcome barriers to HIV care is to move away from the tyranny of the aggregate said Nkosi Tshabalala co host of a webinar http bit ly 3V1RAsr with top African HIV experts and BroadReach Health Development s Acting District Director of Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga South Africa one of the health districts where BroadReach http bit ly 3U50l3B delivers public healthcare in partnership with USAID and the Department of Health That means instead of just looking at general HIV numbers and adopting a one size fits all approach to prevention and care we must focus on the specific communities that have the highest HIV prevalence We must determine what we can do for them in a human centric caring way to address their specific health needs so that they can reach viral suppression This is the key to stopping further transmission of HIV in society by 2030 Reaching adolescent women the most at risk population group for HIV in Africa Today the face of HIV in Africa is a young girl with a baby on her back who when faced with the difficult choice of self care versus child care will always sacrifice her own health for her child said panelist Thanduxolo Doro People Living with HIV PLHIV Civil Society Leader and Project Management Specialist for USAID http bit ly 3GHFMqE South Africa Doro s vivid assessment is backed by data According to the recent UNAIDS In Danger report http bit ly 3B4czTx women and girls accounted for 63 of all new HIV infections in sub Saharan Africa Six out of seven new infections among 15 19 year olds in the region were among girls In Uganda for example adolescent girls were four to five times more likely to be HIV positive than the rest of the population said Dr Andrew Kambugu Executive Director of the Uganda Infectious Disease Institute IDI http bit ly 3OwGFUS who oversees a large scale PEPFAR funded HIV programmes in the country IDI is a capacity building organisation in the infectious diseases space based at Makerere University and is also a CDC funded HIV implementing partner Dr Veni Naidu HIV Community Services Lead with BroadReach Health Development who oversees their DREAMS programme for young women said adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection due to their socio economic circumstances DREAMS is a USAID initiative across Africa to support and mentor at risk adolescent girls and young women Girls are at greater HIV risk if they engage in sex at a very young age when they don t have the power to negotiate condom use when they have multiple sexual partners if they are repressed by patriarchal culture and gender based violence GBV and if they have transactional relationships with sexual partners All symptoms of the current economic environment Orphanhood is also a risk factor because of a lack of guidance and higher risk of GBV said Naidu Girls are often reluctant to get tested or treated for HIV as they fear judgment from their parents caregivers peers and health workers Annah Sango Advocacy Officer with Global Network of People Living with HIV http bit ly 3ECDyWY in Zimbabwe said it is very important to provide a choice to young women so that they can find the preventions or treatments that will work best for their personal situation This includes pills injections vaginal rings or access to male and female condoms Choice means agency which means more protection We need to solve issues of accessibility availability affordability convenience and community buy in around HIV prevention and care for our most vulnerable populations Taking care of the needs of priority HIV AIDS communities For society to achieve epidemic control priority must be given to key populations including men who avoid seeking medical help vulnerable young girls commercial sex workers and members of the LGTBQI communities for whom it was difficult or even risky to seek help One often overlooked and blamed group is adult men for whom it was often practically challenging or embarrassing to come to clinics for HIV testing treatment and care In South Africa adult men make up 37 http bit ly 3VrWsH3 of adults living with HIV Often breadwinners who cannot afford to spend the day in a clinic men form part of the statistic that one in five Ugandans is HIV positive without knowing it Stigma shame criminalisation and economic challenges are the greatest barriers to HIV prevention and care said Kambugu Doro who leads USAID s Mina Men in isiZulu initiative focused on men and their health and wellbeing said cultural context was also important to consider African men often feel pressure to be virile strong respected providers and protectors and clinics can be stressful spaces They may feel stripped of their power patronised by one directional counselling with terminology they don t understand such as viral load transmissibility or prophylaxis We have to work from a point of empathy and inclusivity A crucial message for World AIDS Day 2022 is U U Undetectable Untransmittable highlighting the important message of hope that people who achieve viral suppression through adherence to their HIV AIDS medications can live long and healthy lives This is because viral suppression results in an undetectable viral load meaning that HIV people can live freely without the fear of transmitting HIV to others I am living proof of this message of hope said Doro who champions the MINA campaign http bit ly 3V5r9lo to reach men at risk I ve lived with HIV for 33 years not only surviving but thriving with a happy virally suppressed life with my HIV negative family It is possible Other key communities who need to hear this message include sex workers and their clients men who have sex with men people who inject drugs and transgender people and their sexual partners Combined they accounted for 70 of HIV infections globally and 51 of new infections in sub Saharan Africa according to UNAIDS These priority populations face barriers to access ranging from stigma and education to language barriers social injustice criminalisation especially in countries where homosexuality is illegal and economic and transport issues that make it hard for people to get to clinics To overcome these challenges the healthcare community needed to be innovative We must think outside the box to reach key populations for example through moonlight or drop in clinics says Kambugu For instance we successfully reached the remote fishing communities on Lake Victoria through drone powered drug deliveries Real hope of overcoming HIV AIDS in our lifetime Kambugu said the data proved that it was truly possible to reach epidemic control in our lifetime 75 of all people living with HIV in Uganda have already reached viral suppression it is possible in other countries too For context globally according to a UNAIDS report 59 living with HIV have reached viral suppression while South Africa as a whole has reach 89 according to Health Minister Joe Phaahla To reach 100 Kambugu believes Uganda needs to stop criminalising transactional and homosexual sex so that these population groups can freely access HIV prevention and care We must adopt the spirit of Ubuntu and build empathy into our policymaking For hope to translate into results Naidu believes better communication more individualised models of care and public private collaborations must become the standard for all HIV prevention and care in Africa Adding to this Sangoh believes all governments in Africa should include sex education in the school curricula We need to work tirelessly against inequality and lack of knowledge on all fronts she said
    Africa can overcome HIV by 2030 if we prioritise most vulnerable groups, experts agree ahead of World AIDS Day 2022
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    Africa can overcome HIV by 2030 if we prioritise most vulnerable groups, experts agree ahead of World AIDS Day 2022

    This World AIDS Day, the international community is focusing on how to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.

    Experts believe it can be done by overcoming barriers to HIV care and treatment through focusing on priority populations and supporting them through lifelong treatment.

    The focus must be on identifying the remaining “last mile” barriers and focusing on the unique needs of the vulnerable populations, including the most affected population of all, teenage girls. 

    “One of the first things we can do to overcome barriers to HIV care is to move away from the ‘tyranny of the aggregate’,” said Nkosi Tshabalala, co-host of a webinar (http://bit.ly/3V1RAsr) with top African HIV experts and BroadReach Health Development’s Acting District Director of Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga, South Africa - one of the health districts where BroadReach (http://bit.ly/3U50l3B) delivers public healthcare in partnership with USAID and the Department of Health.

     “That means instead of just looking at general HIV numbers and adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to prevention and care, we must focus on the specific communities that have the highest HIV prevalence.

    We must determine what we can do for them in a human-centric, caring way to address their specific health needs so that they can reach viral suppression.

    This is the key to stopping further transmission of HIV in society by 2030.”  Reaching adolescent women, the most at-risk population group for HIV in Africa “Today, the face of HIV in Africa is a young girl with a baby on her back, who, when faced with the difficult choice of self-care versus child-care, will always sacrifice her own health for her child,” said panelist Thanduxolo Doro, People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Civil Society Leader and Project Management Specialist for USAID (http://bit.ly/3GHFMqE) South Africa.

     Doro’s vivid assessment is backed by data.

    According to the recent UNAIDS “In Danger” report (http://bit.ly/3B4czTx), women and girls accounted for 63% of all new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Six out of seven new infections among 15–19-year-olds in the region were among girls.

    In Uganda for example, adolescent girls were four to five times more likely to be HIV positive than the rest of the population, said Dr Andrew Kambugu, Executive Director of the Uganda Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) (http://bit.ly/3OwGFUS) , who oversees a large-scale PEPFAR-funded HIV programmes in the country. 

    IDI is a capacity-building organisation in the infectious diseases space, based at Makerere University, and is also a CDC-funded HIV implementing partner.

    Dr Veni Naidu, HIV Community Services Lead with BroadReach Health Development who oversees their DREAMS programme for young women, said adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection due to their socio-economic circumstances.

    DREAMS is a USAID initiative across Africa to support and mentor at risk adolescent girls and young women. 

    Girls are at greater HIV risk if they engage in sex at a very young age; when they don’t have the power to negotiate condom-use; when they have multiple sexual partners; if they are repressed by patriarchal culture and gender-based violence (GBV); and if they have transactional relationships with sexual partners.

    All symptoms of the current economic environment.

     “Orphanhood is also a risk factor, because of a lack of guidance and higher risk of GBV,” said Naidu.

    “Girls are often reluctant to get tested or treated for HIV as they fear judgment from their parents, caregivers, peers and health workers”.

    Annah Sango, Advocacy Officer with Global Network of People Living with HIV (http://bit.ly/3ECDyWY) in Zimbabwe, said it is very important to provide a choice to young women so that they can find the preventions or  treatments that will work best for their personal situation.

    This includes pills, injections, vaginal rings, or access to male and female condoms.

    “Choice means agency, which means more protection.

    We need to solve issues of accessibility, availability, affordability, convenience, and community buy-in around HIV prevention and care for our most vulnerable populations.” Taking care of the needs of priority HIV/AIDS communities For society to achieve epidemic control, priority must be given to key populations including men who avoid seeking medical help, vulnerable young girls, commercial sex workers, and members of the LGTBQI+ communities for whom it was difficult or even risky to seek help.

     One often overlooked and blamed group is adult men, for whom it was often practically challenging or embarrassing to come to clinics for HIV testing, treatment and care.

    In South Africa, adult men make up 37% (http://bit.ly/3VrWsH3) of adults living with HIV.

     Often breadwinners who cannot afford to spend the day in a clinic, men form part of the statistic that one in five Ugandans is HIV positive without knowing it.

    “Stigma, shame, criminalisation, and economic challenges are the greatest barriers to HIV prevention and care,” said Kambugu.

     Doro who leads USAID’s Mina (“Men” in isiZulu) initiative focused on men and their health and wellbeing, said cultural context was also important to consider.

    “African men often feel pressure to be virile, strong, respected providers and protectors, and clinics can be stressful spaces.

    They may feel stripped of their power, patronised by one-directional counselling with terminology they don’t understand, such as ‘viral load’, ‘transmissibility’ or ‘prophylaxis’.

    We have to work from a point of empathy and inclusivity.” A crucial message for World AIDS Day 2022 is U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable), highlighting the important message of hope that people who achieve viral suppression through adherence to their HIV/AIDS medications can live long and healthy lives.

    This is because viral suppression results in an undetectable viral load, meaning that HIV+ people can live freely, without the fear of transmitting HIV to others.

     “I am living proof of this message of hope,” said Doro, who champions the MINA campaign (http://bit.ly/3V5r9lo) to reach men at risk.

    “I’ve lived with HIV for 33 years, not only surviving but thriving, with a happy, virally suppressed life with my HIV-negative family.

    It is possible.”  Other key communities who need to hear this message include sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and transgender people and their sexual partners.

    Combined, they accounted for 70% of HIV infections globally and 51% of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS.

    These priority populations face barriers to access, ranging from stigma and education to language barriers, social injustice, criminalisation (especially in countries where homosexuality is illegal), and economic and transport issues that make it hard for people to get to clinics. 

    To overcome these challenges, the healthcare community needed to be innovative.

    “We must think outside the box to reach key populations, for example through moonlight or drop-in clinics” says Kambugu.

    “For instance, we successfully reached the remote fishing communities on Lake Victoria through drone-powered drug deliveries.”  Real hope of overcoming HIV/AIDS in our lifetime Kambugu said the data proved that it was truly possible to reach epidemic control in our lifetime.

    “75% of all people living with HIV in Uganda have already reached viral suppression, it is possible in other countries too.” For context globally, according to a UNAIDS report 59% living with HIV have reached viral suppression, while South Africa as a whole has reach 89%, according to Health Minister Joe Phaahla.

     To reach 100%, Kambugu believes Uganda needs to stop criminalising transactional and homosexual sex, so that these population groups can freely access HIV prevention and care.

    “We must adopt the spirit of Ubuntu, and build empathy into our policymaking.” For hope to translate into results, Naidu believes better communication, more individualised models of care, and public-private collaborations must become the standard for all HIV prevention and care in Africa.

    Adding to this, Sangoh believes all governments in Africa should include sex education in the school curricula.

    “We need to work tirelessly against inequality and lack of knowledge on all fronts,” she said.

     

  •   As tens of millions of Americans began to travel for Thanksgiving experts warned that tripledemic cases of COVID 19 RSV respiratory syncytial virus and flu are increasing in the United States Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend according to AAA estimates On Monday the US Federal Aviation Administration FAA said this Tuesday will be one of the busiest days leading up to Thanksgiving with more than 48 000 flights expected across the country The FAA estimates that nearly 400 000 flights will fly over the United States from November 19 to 27 with 23 000 flights scheduled for Thanksgiving As Americans head into the holiday season health experts anticipate the country could experience a new wave of respiratory illnesses as more people travel and gather indoors Experts are concerned about the confluence of influenza RSV and coronavirus warning grim threats of a triple epidemic Two new Omicron subvariants BQ 1 and BQ 1 1 have overtaken BA 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States BQ 1 1 accounted for about 24 2 percent of circulating variants in the week ending Nov 19 with BQ 1 estimated to account for 25 5 percent according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and the US CDC Preliminary data suggests that the two variants descended from Omicron s BA 5 subvariant are better at evading immunity from COVID 19 vaccines including new bivalent boosters or prior COVID 19 infection than older versions from Omicron That may give the two subvariants greater transmissibility which could fuel a surge in cases this winter A rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals that are already overloaded with patients sick with COVID 19 RSV and other respiratory infections The CDC estimates that so far this flu season there have been at least 4 4 million illnesses 38 000 hospitalizations and 2 100 deaths from the flu More than half of US states have high or very high levels of flu according to a government report released Friday Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest but include growing numbers in the Northeast Midwest and West CDC data shows that more than 26 000 RSV tests came back positive between October 30 and November 12 a significantly higher number than the number recorded for the same period last year RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild cold like symptoms But it s particularly dangerous for children under the age of two because they have smaller windpipes that collect more mucus and lungs that need more support to breathe according to the CDC We are in the midst of a true triple epidemic said Dr Jake Lemieux an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital There are a lot of warning flags regarding the upcoming holiday season Health experts encourage people to get vaccinated and practice safety precautions during the upcoming vacation Xinhua
    Summary: Experts Warn ‘Tripledemia’ Cases Rise as Americans Travel for Thanksgiving
      As tens of millions of Americans began to travel for Thanksgiving experts warned that tripledemic cases of COVID 19 RSV respiratory syncytial virus and flu are increasing in the United States Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend according to AAA estimates On Monday the US Federal Aviation Administration FAA said this Tuesday will be one of the busiest days leading up to Thanksgiving with more than 48 000 flights expected across the country The FAA estimates that nearly 400 000 flights will fly over the United States from November 19 to 27 with 23 000 flights scheduled for Thanksgiving As Americans head into the holiday season health experts anticipate the country could experience a new wave of respiratory illnesses as more people travel and gather indoors Experts are concerned about the confluence of influenza RSV and coronavirus warning grim threats of a triple epidemic Two new Omicron subvariants BQ 1 and BQ 1 1 have overtaken BA 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States BQ 1 1 accounted for about 24 2 percent of circulating variants in the week ending Nov 19 with BQ 1 estimated to account for 25 5 percent according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and the US CDC Preliminary data suggests that the two variants descended from Omicron s BA 5 subvariant are better at evading immunity from COVID 19 vaccines including new bivalent boosters or prior COVID 19 infection than older versions from Omicron That may give the two subvariants greater transmissibility which could fuel a surge in cases this winter A rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals that are already overloaded with patients sick with COVID 19 RSV and other respiratory infections The CDC estimates that so far this flu season there have been at least 4 4 million illnesses 38 000 hospitalizations and 2 100 deaths from the flu More than half of US states have high or very high levels of flu according to a government report released Friday Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest but include growing numbers in the Northeast Midwest and West CDC data shows that more than 26 000 RSV tests came back positive between October 30 and November 12 a significantly higher number than the number recorded for the same period last year RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild cold like symptoms But it s particularly dangerous for children under the age of two because they have smaller windpipes that collect more mucus and lungs that need more support to breathe according to the CDC We are in the midst of a true triple epidemic said Dr Jake Lemieux an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital There are a lot of warning flags regarding the upcoming holiday season Health experts encourage people to get vaccinated and practice safety precautions during the upcoming vacation Xinhua
    Summary: Experts Warn ‘Tripledemia’ Cases Rise as Americans Travel for Thanksgiving
    Foreign1 week ago

    Summary: Experts Warn ‘Tripledemia’ Cases Rise as Americans Travel for Thanksgiving

    - As tens of millions of Americans began to travel for Thanksgiving, experts warned that "tripledemic" cases of COVID-19, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and flu are increasing in the United States.

    Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA estimates.

    On Monday, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said this Tuesday will be one of the busiest days leading up to Thanksgiving, with more than 48,000 flights expected across the country. The FAA estimates that nearly 400,000 flights will fly over the United States from November 19 to 27, with 23,000 flights scheduled for Thanksgiving.

    As Americans head into the holiday season, health experts anticipate the country could experience a new wave of respiratory illnesses as more people travel and gather indoors.

    Experts are concerned about the confluence of influenza, RSV and coronavirus, warning grim threats of a "triple epidemic."

    Two new Omicron subvariants, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, have overtaken BA.5 to be the dominant strains in the United States. BQ.1.1 accounted for about 24.2 percent of circulating variants in the week ending Nov. 19, with BQ.1 estimated to account for 25.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and the US CDC.

    Preliminary data suggests that the two variants, descended from Omicron's BA.5 subvariant, are better at evading immunity from COVID-19 vaccines, including new bivalent boosters, or prior COVID-19 infection than older versions. from Omicron.

    That may give the two subvariants greater transmissibility, which could fuel a surge in cases this winter.

    A rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals that are already overloaded with patients sick with COVID-19, RSV and other respiratory infections.

    The CDC estimates that so far this flu season, there have been at least 4.4 million illnesses, 38,000 hospitalizations, and 2,100 deaths from the flu.

    More than half of US states have high or very high levels of flu, according to a government report released Friday. Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest, but include growing numbers in the Northeast, Midwest, and West.

    CDC data shows that more than 26,000 RSV tests came back positive between October 30 and November 12, a significantly higher number than the number recorded for the same period last year.

    RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. But it's particularly dangerous for children under the age of two because they have smaller windpipes that collect more mucus and lungs that need more support to breathe, according to the CDC.

    "We are in the midst of a true 'triple epidemic,'" said Dr. Jake Lemieux, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. "There are a lot of warning flags regarding the upcoming holiday season."

    Health experts encourage people to get vaccinated and practice safety precautions during the upcoming vacation. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   As tens of millions of Americans began to travel for Thanksgiving experts warned that tripledemic cases of COVID 19 RSV respiratory syncytial virus and flu are increasing in the United States Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend according to AAA estimates On Monday the US Federal Aviation Administration FAA said this Tuesday will be one of the busiest days leading up to Thanksgiving with more than 48 000 flights expected across the country The FAA estimates that nearly 400 000 flights will fly over the United States from November 19 to 27 with 23 000 flights scheduled for Thanksgiving As Americans head into the holiday season health experts anticipate the country could experience a new wave of respiratory illnesses as more people travel and gather indoors Experts are concerned about the confluence of influenza RSV and coronavirus warning grim threats of a triple epidemic Two new Omicron subvariants BQ 1 and BQ 1 1 have overtaken BA 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States BQ 1 1 accounted for about 24 2 percent of circulating variants in the week ending Nov 19 with BQ 1 estimated to account for 25 5 percent according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and the US CDC Preliminary data suggests that the two variants descended from Omicron s BA 5 subvariant are better at evading immunity from COVID 19 vaccines including new bivalent boosters or prior COVID 19 infection than older versions from Omicron That may give the two subvariants greater transmissibility which could fuel a surge in cases this winter A rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals that are already overloaded with patients sick with COVID 19 RSV and other respiratory infections The CDC estimates that so far this flu season there have been at least 4 4 million illnesses 38 000 hospitalizations and 2 100 deaths from the flu More than half of US states have high or very high levels of flu according to a government report released Friday Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest but include growing numbers in the Northeast Midwest and West CDC data shows that more than 26 000 RSV tests came back positive between October 30 and November 12 a significantly higher number than the number recorded for the same period last year RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild cold like symptoms But it s particularly dangerous for children under the age of two because they have smaller windpipes that collect more mucus and lungs that need more support to breathe according to the CDC We are in the midst of a true triple epidemic said Dr Jake Lemieux an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital There are a lot of warning flags regarding the upcoming holiday season Health experts encourage people to get vaccinated and practice safety precautions during the upcoming vacation Xinhua
    Experts warn that cases of “tripledemia” are rising as Americans travel for Thanksgiving.
      As tens of millions of Americans began to travel for Thanksgiving experts warned that tripledemic cases of COVID 19 RSV respiratory syncytial virus and flu are increasing in the United States Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend according to AAA estimates On Monday the US Federal Aviation Administration FAA said this Tuesday will be one of the busiest days leading up to Thanksgiving with more than 48 000 flights expected across the country The FAA estimates that nearly 400 000 flights will fly over the United States from November 19 to 27 with 23 000 flights scheduled for Thanksgiving As Americans head into the holiday season health experts anticipate the country could experience a new wave of respiratory illnesses as more people travel and gather indoors Experts are concerned about the confluence of influenza RSV and coronavirus warning grim threats of a triple epidemic Two new Omicron subvariants BQ 1 and BQ 1 1 have overtaken BA 5 to be the dominant strains in the United States BQ 1 1 accounted for about 24 2 percent of circulating variants in the week ending Nov 19 with BQ 1 estimated to account for 25 5 percent according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and the US CDC Preliminary data suggests that the two variants descended from Omicron s BA 5 subvariant are better at evading immunity from COVID 19 vaccines including new bivalent boosters or prior COVID 19 infection than older versions from Omicron That may give the two subvariants greater transmissibility which could fuel a surge in cases this winter A rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals that are already overloaded with patients sick with COVID 19 RSV and other respiratory infections The CDC estimates that so far this flu season there have been at least 4 4 million illnesses 38 000 hospitalizations and 2 100 deaths from the flu More than half of US states have high or very high levels of flu according to a government report released Friday Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest but include growing numbers in the Northeast Midwest and West CDC data shows that more than 26 000 RSV tests came back positive between October 30 and November 12 a significantly higher number than the number recorded for the same period last year RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild cold like symptoms But it s particularly dangerous for children under the age of two because they have smaller windpipes that collect more mucus and lungs that need more support to breathe according to the CDC We are in the midst of a true triple epidemic said Dr Jake Lemieux an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital There are a lot of warning flags regarding the upcoming holiday season Health experts encourage people to get vaccinated and practice safety precautions during the upcoming vacation Xinhua
    Experts warn that cases of “tripledemia” are rising as Americans travel for Thanksgiving.
    Foreign1 week ago

    Experts warn that cases of “tripledemia” are rising as Americans travel for Thanksgiving.

    - As tens of millions of Americans began to travel for Thanksgiving, experts warned that "tripledemic" cases of COVID-19, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and flu are increasing in the United States.

    Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA estimates.

    On Monday, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said this Tuesday will be one of the busiest days leading up to Thanksgiving, with more than 48,000 flights expected across the country. The FAA estimates that nearly 400,000 flights will fly over the United States from November 19 to 27, with 23,000 flights scheduled for Thanksgiving.

    As Americans head into the holiday season, health experts anticipate the country could experience a new wave of respiratory illnesses as more people travel and gather indoors.

    Experts are concerned about the confluence of influenza, RSV and coronavirus, warning grim threats of a "triple epidemic."

    Two new Omicron subvariants, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, have overtaken BA.5 to be the dominant strains in the United States. BQ.1.1 accounted for about 24.2 percent of circulating variants in the week ending Nov. 19, with BQ.1 estimated to account for 25.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Centers for Control and the US CDC.

    Preliminary data suggests that the two variants, descended from Omicron's BA.5 subvariant, are better at evading immunity from COVID-19 vaccines, including new bivalent boosters, or prior COVID-19 infection than older versions. from Omicron.

    That may give the two subvariants greater transmissibility, which could fuel a surge in cases this winter.

    A rapidly intensifying flu season is overloading hospitals that are already overloaded with patients sick with COVID-19, RSV and other respiratory infections.

    The CDC estimates that so far this flu season, there have been at least 4.4 million illnesses, 38,000 hospitalizations, and 2,100 deaths from the flu.

    More than half of US states have high or very high levels of flu, according to a government report released Friday. Those 27 states are mostly in the South and Southwest, but include growing numbers in the Northeast, Midwest, and West.

    CDC data shows that more than 26,000 RSV tests came back positive between October 30 and November 12, a significantly higher number than the number recorded for the same period last year.

    RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. But it's particularly dangerous for children under the age of two because they have smaller windpipes that collect more mucus and lungs that need more support to breathe, according to the CDC.

    "We are in the midst of a true 'triple epidemic,'" said Dr. Jake Lemieux, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. "There are a lot of warning flags regarding the upcoming holiday season."

    Health experts encourage people to get vaccinated and practice safety precautions during the upcoming vacation. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Acting Director General for health Dr Patrick Amoth has lauded public health and humanitarian agencies for their role in addressing mental health challenges resulting from emergencies Dr Amoth made the remarks on Monday when he officially opened a week long regional East Africa workshop to strengthen Mental Health and Psychosocial Support MHPSS integration into national emergency preparedness and response plans The DG noted that social and psychological effects of emergencies are evident across all social levels saying some degree of mental or emotional distress contributes to worsening of existing mental illnesses or drugs and substance use In our region this situation is worsened by the disruption of services on offer for mental neurological and substance use disorders which was evident during the COVID 19 pandemic he added Dr Amoth further told the meeting that a public health model is critical to address short and long term mental health as well as psychosocial consequences resulting from COVID 19 as well as other emergencies He said the model requires an integrated approach that considers all aspects that play a role in the wellbeing of an individual even as he emphasised on the need to design mental health and psychosocial intervention strategies that take into account the medium and long term effects of emergency situations This he says has seen the Ministry of Health prioritize mental health and psychosocial support as critical pillars in the National COVID 19 response and recently in National Ebola Preparedness and Response The workshop organized by Africa Centre for Disease Control in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Center RCC for the Eastern Africa Region has drawn participation from Africa CDC mental health focal persons from the 14 Member States in the Eastern Africa region emergency preparedness and response focal persons Incident managers from the 14 member States as well WHO IGAD EAC UNICEF UNHCR among others
    Kenya: Regional Workshop on Mental Health Opens in Nairobi
      Acting Director General for health Dr Patrick Amoth has lauded public health and humanitarian agencies for their role in addressing mental health challenges resulting from emergencies Dr Amoth made the remarks on Monday when he officially opened a week long regional East Africa workshop to strengthen Mental Health and Psychosocial Support MHPSS integration into national emergency preparedness and response plans The DG noted that social and psychological effects of emergencies are evident across all social levels saying some degree of mental or emotional distress contributes to worsening of existing mental illnesses or drugs and substance use In our region this situation is worsened by the disruption of services on offer for mental neurological and substance use disorders which was evident during the COVID 19 pandemic he added Dr Amoth further told the meeting that a public health model is critical to address short and long term mental health as well as psychosocial consequences resulting from COVID 19 as well as other emergencies He said the model requires an integrated approach that considers all aspects that play a role in the wellbeing of an individual even as he emphasised on the need to design mental health and psychosocial intervention strategies that take into account the medium and long term effects of emergency situations This he says has seen the Ministry of Health prioritize mental health and psychosocial support as critical pillars in the National COVID 19 response and recently in National Ebola Preparedness and Response The workshop organized by Africa Centre for Disease Control in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Center RCC for the Eastern Africa Region has drawn participation from Africa CDC mental health focal persons from the 14 Member States in the Eastern Africa region emergency preparedness and response focal persons Incident managers from the 14 member States as well WHO IGAD EAC UNICEF UNHCR among others
    Kenya: Regional Workshop on Mental Health Opens in Nairobi
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Kenya: Regional Workshop on Mental Health Opens in Nairobi

    Acting Director General for health Dr. Patrick Amoth has lauded public health and humanitarian agencies for their role in addressing mental health challenges resulting from emergencies.

    Dr Amoth made the remarks on Monday when he officially opened a week long regional (East Africa) workshop to strengthen Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) integration into national emergency preparedness and response plans.

    The DG noted that social and psychological effects of emergencies are evident across all social levels saying some degree of mental or emotional distress contributes to worsening of existing mental illnesses or drugs and substance use.

    “In our region, this situation is worsened by the disruption of services on offer for mental, neurological and substance use disorders which was evident during the COVID 19 pandemic,” he added.

    Dr Amoth further told the meeting that a public health model is critical to address short and long term mental health as well as psychosocial consequences resulting from COVID-19 as well as other emergencies.

    He said the model requires an integrated approach that considers all aspects that play a role in the wellbeing of an individual even as he emphasised on the need to design mental health and psychosocial intervention strategies that take into account the medium and long-term effects of emergency situations.

    This he says has seen the Ministry of Health prioritize mental health and psychosocial support as critical pillars in the National COVID-19 response and recently in National Ebola Preparedness and Response.

    The workshop, organized by Africa Centre for Disease Control in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Center (RCC) for the Eastern Africa Region, has drawn participation from Africa CDC, mental health focal persons from the 14 Member States in the Eastern Africa region, emergency preparedness and response focal persons/Incident managers from the 14 member States as well WHO, IGAD, EAC, UNICEF, UNHCR among others.

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