Dec 24, 2019 3-4PM ET
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At least 5 US airports have exposed travelers to measles, health officials warn An unknown number of U.S. air travelers have been exposed to measles after at least five airports allowed people with the highly infectious disease to pass through this month, according to health officials in the affected cities. At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a person with the disease traveled through two terminals over the course of a week, ABC News reported. That passenger passed through O’Hare’s Terminal 3 on Dec. 12, the network reported. Five days later, the same passenger passed through the airport’s Terminal 1. Chicago’s incidences of measles, mumps and rubella vaccination are among the highest in the nation, the health department reported. Other cities with airports included in the report were Richmond, Va.; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles and Denver, ABC News reported. In Richmond International Airport, a person measles visited Dec. 17, according to the Virginia Department of Health. In Austin, an individual with a diagnosed case of measles visited the United Airlines gate area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Dec. 17, Austin Public Health reports.
First Ebola relapse recorded in Congo outbreak, WHO says Health officials in eastern Congo have documented the first relapse in the current Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has so far infected more than 3,300 people and killed more than 2,200 since the middle of last year, making it the second-worst on record. In early December, Congolese health authorities reported that a survivor in Mabalako, North Kivu province, had fallen ill with the virus again. Preliminary tests have since classified it as a relapse, the WHO said in a weekly report. “Rare cases of relapse – in which a person who has recovered from EVD (Ebola) gets disease symptoms again – have been documented during past outbreaks, but this is the first relapse documented in this outbreak,” it said.
FDA Approves Merck’s New Live Ebola Vaccine Which It Says Can Shed and Cause Immunosuppression On Dec. 20th, 2019, Merck announced it received FDA approval for an Ebola vaccine which contains the virus known as recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus–Zaire Ebola virus (rVSV-ZEBOV), and will be marketed under the name ERVEBO. The rVSV-ZEBOV is a live, replication-competent virus, produced with the same African green monkey derived Vero cell line Merck used to create the Rotateq vaccine targeting rotavirus infections. The Vero cell line has been previously identified to carry at least two surreptitious simian endogenous retroviruses whose significant risks to human health have not yet been formally evaluated. VSV-ZEBOV is produced through genetic modification, combining the vesicular stomatitis virus (which on its own can cause flu-like illness in humans) in which the gene for native envelope glycoprotein (P03522) is replaced with that from the Ebola virus (P87666), Kikwit 1995 Zaire strain.
Homeopathy: Bavaria has proven replacement of antibiotics by homeopathic remedies The Bavarian state government wants to be scientifically examined whether the use of antibiotics can be reduced by homeopathic remedies. To this end, the state legislature approved, with the votes of the CSU and Free Voters’ governing parties, a request that a medical study should examine how the use of antibiotics can be reduced. At the same time, the role of homeopathic preparations in this context should be examined. 120 MPs voted in favor of the motion, eight more than the coalition itself. The motion, which was part of a debate on so-called multidrug-resistant bacteria, has been the subject of controversy. Opponents and opponents of the project described the study as superfluous. “The project of the Bavarian state government is negligent, because it suggests already with the question, that homeopathic remedies such as globules could fight multi-resistant germs,” criticized Dominik Spitzer (FDP). So far no scientific study could prove that homeopathic remedies alone worked against complaints.