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#anxiety #screening #COVID #booster #Ebola

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> A new screening at your check up

>> Appointments are on hold at some COVID booster sites

>> New outbreak, rare strain, no vaccine

The Med & Mic™ 09.21.22

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Anxiety Screening for Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended screening for anxiety for adults under 65. This would be done by primary care with a brief questionnaire regarding fears and worries that interfere with usual activities. How often this screening should take place was not specified. The task force says the benefit of effective treatment outweighs the risk of inaccurate screening and unnecessary follow-up care. The task force says there isn’t enough solid evidence to recommend screening adults 65 and up. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health complaints, affecting 40% of women and 25% of men. (Source: AP, L. Tanner, 9.20.22)

Shortage of COVID Boosters

Moderna’s new, bivalent COVID boosters are in short supply because one manufacturing facility in Indiana is awaiting regulatory clearance from the FDA. The FDA said in a statement that it recently inspected the plant. The agency hasn’t released any information about its findings. It also said it would allow some batches to be released. Moderna expects the supply constraints to be resolved. The company says it can still deliver 70 million doses by the end of the year. Meanwhile, some vaccine clinics have temporarily stopped scheduling appointments. (Source: Bloomberg, A. Peebles, R. Langreth, A. Edney, 9.20.22)

Ebola Outbreak Declared

Uganda has declared an Ebola outbreak. Health authorities have investigated six suspicious deaths in the Mubende district this month. There are eight suspected cases receiving care in a health facility. A 24-year-old man who died after displaying symptoms was found to have the relatively rare Sudan strain of Ebola. The last reported outbreak of this strain was in 2012. A vaccine is available for the Zaire strain, but it has not been tested against Ebola Sudan. (Source: CNN, D. McKenzie, S. Jeong, N. Princewill, 9.20.22)

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