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#Ebola #preparedness #shingles #COVID

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

>> Is your community ready for Ebola?

>> No link to shingles

The Med & Mic™ 11.17.22

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Planning for Ebola

Federal and local health officials are preparing for the possibility that Ebola comes to the U.S. The CDC and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response are conducting tabletop exercises with officials from the five jurisdictions where airline passengers from Uganda are being funneled. Three scenarios are being practiced: 1) when an infected person is identified at the airport, 2) when a person who has arrived from Uganda comes down with symptoms during the monitoring period, and 3) when someone seeks care at a hospital. Ebola can spread through contact with body fluids or through contaminated objects, such as bedding and needles. Symptoms include fever, aches, pains, diarrhea, vomiting, and unexplained bleeding. Since October, passengers from Uganda have been routed to New York, Newark, Atlanta, Chicago, or Washington, D.C. (Source: CNN, J. Howard, 11.16.22)

No Shingles with COVID Vaccines

There was no association detected between COVID vaccines and shingles in an analysis of a database of more than 2 million people in the U.S. Researchers reviewed the records and found no increased risk by age, type of vaccine, or immunocompromised status. Previous cohort-matched and case-control studies had found an elevated risk of shingles following COVID vaccination. Because mRNA vaccines can stimulate certain pathways that could reactivate dormant chickenpox virus, there was a plausible mechanism. The authors of the American study say that with their larger sample size, they were able to control for factors that could skew the results. (Source: MedPage Today, I. Hein, 11.16.22)

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