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The Med & Mic™ 04.25.22

>> More countries report an unusual illness in children

>> Plentiful pills for the U.S.

>> Minds change on pandemic

>> Ebola resurfaces

The Med & Mic™ 04.25.22

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Unusual Hepatitis in Kids Now in 12 Countries

At least 169 cases of hepatitis in previously healthy children have been reported in 12 countries. In 17 cases, the children required a liver transplant, and there has been one death. The children are mostly under 10, though the ages range from 1 to 16. The U.S. has 11 cases. The U.K. has the most with 114. The severe liver inflammation may be due to a cold virus, specifically adenovirus 41, which turned up in 18 cases. However, many were infected with COVID at the same time. More from STAT News.

Robust Supply of Paxlovid

Paxlovid, a medication to treat COVID early in the illness, should be widely available to Americans now. When the treatment was first approved in December for people 12 and older, the pills had to be rationed. The U.S. has ordered enough for 20 million people. This supply should last several months. This is dependent on Congress approving additional COVID response funding. More from the AP.

Pandemic and Public Opinion

A Reuters online poll of 1,000 adults shows 64% of Americans favor a flexible approach to COVID, with cities reimposing indoor mask mandates when cases surge. Also 44% say Americans need to get back to normal. Also a bipartisan majority say the pandemic has reached a point where decisions to wear masks and get vaccinated should be up to individuals rather than government. On planes, trains, and public transport, 65% support mask requirements. More from Reuters.

New Ebola Outbreak

The WHO declared an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the third outbreak since 2018 and the 14th since 1976. So far there has been one confirmed case – a 31-year-old man in Mbandaka. His symptoms began on April 5. He died on April 21. Contacts are being monitored. Ebola vaccination efforts are underway in Mbandaka. More from CNN.

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