KITTERY, Maine — A cluster of coronavirus cases identified at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard prompted state officials to open an outbreak investigation, as announced Thursday.Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah cited 18 cases, which have been lab-confirmed, with workers coming from three different states. Of the cases, 13 live in Maine, four in New Hampshire, and one in Massachusetts, Shah said.Shah said among the 18 at least two are not employees of the shipyard, but close household contacts of PNSY employees.Contact tracers are looking into the shipyard workers’ links to Sanford, where state officials are already managing several active outbreak investigations. A group of seven workers who tested positive were known to caravan from Sanford to the shipyard for
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that he would bet on a coronavirus vaccine to be proven safe and effective before the end of 2020.‘‘I would still put my money on November/December,” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.Fauci, 79, one of the most trusted faces of the coronavirus task force, said his informed projection was calculated based on where the clinical trial sites are in their studies, according to CNN.He added that researchers need to see about 150 infections occur in a vaccine trial for it to be deemed safe and effective.FAUCI HONORED WITH NEW BOBBLEHEAD: 'FACEPALM EDITION' Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Dise
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America's Johns Hopkins University.More than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late last year.The US, India and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, but there is a renewed spike in infections across Europe.Many northern hemisphere countries are now bracing for a second wave of the pandemic as winter approaches.In the UK, the government is considering taking further England-wide measures including a short period of restrictions to try to slow a second surge of infections.Outside Europe, Israel brings in a second nationwide lockdown later on Friday - the first nation to do so.Africa has reco...
Not only are Michigan health officials dealing with the coronavirus, but they're also trying to contain the spread of a rare mosquito-borne disease. © Shutterstock Authorities are urging people to stay indoors after dark and protect themselves from mosquito bites after a resident in Barry County was suspected of having Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a potentially deadly illness caused by the EEE virus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the suspected EEE case on Tuesday. "This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident shows this is an ongoing threat to the health and safety of Michiganders and calls for continued actions to prevent exposure, including aerial treatment," Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy f
A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus "superspreader" event that left seven people dead and 177 infected, renewing fear of the disease in the northeastern US state that had hoped the worst of the pandemic was behind it. © Joseph Prezioso Downtown Millinocket, Maine, which has been forced into a new lockdown after a superspreader event at a wedding left more than 170 infected with coronavirus and killed seven © Joseph Prezioso The Big Moose Inn, where the wedding reception was held: one of the guests was a prison guard, who appears to have infected 80 inmates at a jail in Maine The nuptials in early August were attended by 65 people, breaking the official limit of 50 allowed at a gathering.A ceremony at a church was followed by a reception at the Big Moose In
New York City officials have launched a campaign exhorting New Yorkers to get flu shots this year, in hopes of avoiding a "twin pandemic" with both the seasonal flu and COVID-19."Just go get that flu shot," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference this week. "It only takes a few minutes. It's easy. It's quick. Make sure the people in your life know how important it is. This is something we can do to protect all of us and to move us forward.""This year's flu vaccine could be the most important one that you ever get," says NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi, noting that the flu is very serious, even fatal, in non-pandemic years. "We don't want the health care system to expend time and resources on preventable illnesses even as they continue to handle COVID cases." Many symp...
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he expects to see a COVID-19 vaccine being proven safe and effective by November or December. “I would still put my money on November/December,” Fauci said Wednesday at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel, according to CNN. The nation’s top infectious disease expert has said that researchers test vaccines by giving the shots to some and a placebo to others then waiting to see if those who got the actual vaccine develop fewer cases or less-severe symptoms. He said that to tell if a vaccine candidate is effective, researchers need to see about 150 coronavirus infections occur. Dr. Fauci Getty Images
Pregnant women who are infected with the coronavirus and hospitalized are at risk for developing serious complications, and may face an elevated risk for delivering their babies prematurely, according to new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They may also be at greater risk of losing the pregnancy or having a stillbirth.The troubling findings are consistent with some earlier reports that pregnant women may be at increased risk for severe illness when they become infected with the new coronavirus. But some experts warned that the findings, drawn from relatively small numbers of patients, including many hospitalized because of Covid-19, may not be representative of all pregnant women who are infected.The studies found that many hospitalized pregnant women who were...
A photo of a newborn baby wearing a face shield, delivered at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand on April 9, 2020. Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha (Getty Images)Pregnant women and their babies face unique challenges from covid-19, suggests new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that pregnant women who develop covid-19-related symptoms while hospitalized often become critically ill, and pregnant women with covid-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth or possibly even miscarriage.AdvertisementThe research, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Wednesday, looked at the medical records of nearly 600 pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 45 with confirmed covid-19 who were hospitalized at some point b
A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections, according to several people familiar with the matter as well as internal documents obtained by The New York Times.The guidance said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19 even if they had been exposed to the virus. It came at a time when public health experts were pushing for more testing rather than less, and administration officials told The Times that the document was a C.D.C. product and had been revised with input from the agency’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield.But officials told The Times this week that th