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Three Modes of Transmission Explain Most Giardiasis Outbreaks

Water exposure, person-to-person contact, contaminated food accounted for more than half of outbreaks in 2012 to 2017

Ivermectin Does Not Speed Symptom Resolution in Mild COVID-19

No significant improvement seen in median time to resolution of symptoms with ivermectin versus placebo

Delayed Local Reactions to mRNA-1273 Vaccination Reported

Reactions appeared near injection site at a median onset of day 8 after first dose; six of 12 patients had no recurrence after second dose

Uptake of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Lower Among Minorities

Uptake lower among Black, Asian, Hispanic adults versus Whites; those vaccinated less likely to receive high-dose vaccine

CDC: 21,869 West Nile Virus Cases Identified in U.S. in 2009 to 2018

59 percent were neuroinvasive disease cases, which occurred more often with increasing age

California Targets Vulnerable Neighborhoods for COVID-19 Vaccination

Neighborhoods considered highly vulnerable based on factors such as income, education, housing, and transportation

COVID-19 Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight

Higher BMI also associated with increased risk for hospitalization, ICU admission, need for mechanical ventilation

New Algorithm Can Predict Advanced Liver Disease

The CIRRhosis Using Standard tests algorithm could use results of routine blood tests to identify those at high risk for advanced liver disease

USPSTF Urges Screening Young Women for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

All sexually active women aged 24 years and younger should be screened as well as women older than 25 at high risk

Dysnatremia Tied to Poorer Prognosis in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Hypernatremia linked to increased mortality, while hyponatremia at admission linked to increased odds of needing ventilatory support