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A case of the dreaded Poliomyelitis, a.k.a polio, was discovered in New York City recently.

The man is paralyzed and his paralysis is irreversible, according to NY state health officials.

State officials say the unvaccinated man had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, meaning he contracted polio from someone who received the live vaccine in another country.

Polio was once a fearsome disease that caused thousands of cases of partial or complete paralysis in adults and children annually in the U.S. and around the world.

The disease is rarely fatal, but it caused deformities in adults and children, leaving many patients with one leg shorter than the other.

Polio vaccines became widely available in the 1950s when Dr. Jonas Salk developed the Salk vaccine which contained dead virus in injectable form.

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An oral polio vaccine for children was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin and licensed in 1962. The Sabin vaccine contained live but weakened virus.

A single dose of Sabin's oral polio vaccine produced immunity to all three poliovirus strains.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) commissioned a poster featuring the "Wellbee," a national symbol of public health, encouraging children to get the oral polio vaccine.

Distribution of oral polio vaccine in the U.S. ended in 1979 when it was believed the disease was wiped out.

But sporadic cases of polio have popped up here and there in the U.S. and other countries where the disease is endemic.

When a polio case pops up in the U.S., the patient is quarantined and their contacts are tested to make sure the virus doesn't spread.

Approximately 70% of polio cases are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Some patients complain of muscle weakness and extreme fatigue, sore throat and fever, headache, neck stiffness, and numbness and tingling in extremities.

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Experts say the reversal of Roe v. Wade disproportionately affects Black women who are more likely to use abortion as a form of birth control.

The U.S. Supreme Court allows individual states to decide whether abortions are legal.

26 states have banned abortions or are more likely to ban abortions in most or all circumstances, The NY Post reports.

Experts say Black women and other women of color live in states where abortion bans exist.

For example, Black people make up about 38% of Mississippi's population, where abortions are banned.

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Planned Parenthood offers low-cost or free abortions in underserved communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Black women are 4 times more likely than white women to use abortion as a form of birth control.

Latina women are twice as likely to get abortions, according to 2019 data from the CDC.

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Black women are also least likely to consider other forms of birth control, including condoms, the morning after pill or abstinence.

Health experts say the high rates of abortion among Black and Latina women can be traced to disparities in healthcare access, including lack of health insurance and the cost of contraceptives.

Black women in Mississippi accounted for 74% of abortions in 2019, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Over 200 people are being monitored for monkeypox infections in Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

The CDC confirmed more than 200 people are being tracked in Massachusetts after coming in physical contact with the first confirmed case in the U.S.

The news comes days after health experts said monkeypox will not become a pandemic like Covid-19.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by blisters that pop and crust over.

Blisters in the groin area are usually the first sign of monkeypox infections.

The CDC issued a level-2 travel alert on Monday, May 23, advising people to "practice enhanced precautions" — and warning that it might be fatal in 1% to 11% of people who become infected.

Health experts say the new strain of monkeypox virus may be transmitted sexually.

"Some cases were reported among men who have sex with men," the CDC said after health officials in Europe linked 89 monkeypox cases to sexual activity at festivals in Europe.

The CDC emphasized the need to "avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions" — as well as avoiding "contact with dead or live wild animals."




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The U.S. Department of Justice will appeal a Florida judge's decision to block the CDC's "unlawful" face mask mandates.

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida ruled the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the authority of the CDC.

The DOJ announced its decision to appeal the ruling after the Biden Administration said it was up to the traveling public to decide whether they want to wear face masks.

Flight attendants and passengers cheered when the announcement was made during flights on Monday. Most passengers removed their face masks, while a few people continued to mask up.
 
RELATED: Flight attendants, passengers cheer after federal court lifts mask mandates on planes
 
The White House chastised Delta Airlines for calling Covid-19 "an ordinary seasonal virus."

"We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as Covid-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus," Delta said, according to The New York Times.

The airline walked back its statement on Monday, saying COVID is transitioning "to a manageable respiratory virus."

On January 29, 2021 the CDC issued an order forcing travelers to wear masks on mass transit. Anyone who refused to wear a mask was in violation of federal law.

However, the federal judge said the Centers for Disease Control, the nation's health agency based in Atlanta, does not have the power to bypass Congress and create laws.

The White House disagreed with the court's ruling and said masks should still be worn on public transportation, plans, trains and buses.

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"We're continuing to recommend people wear masks," said Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. She backtracked on Tuesday and said it was up to the DOJ to appeal the ruling.

"I'm not gonna get ahead of the Department of Justice," Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "We'll let them make any decisions or announcements."

Reporters were asked to wear masks on Air Force One.

"The CDC continues to advise and recommend masks on airplanes," Psaki said. "We're abiding by the CDC recommendations. The president is and we would advise all Americans to do that."

The CDC extended the mask mandates to May 3 to allow for the study of the BA.2 omicron variant which the CDC claims is causing the majority of new Covid-19 cases in the US.

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Cell phone videos captured jubilant celebrations after a federal court lifted mask mandates on mass transportation.

The mask guidelines were put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

A federal court in Florida lifted the CDC's mask mandates on planes, trains and buses on Monday.

Cell phone footage shows flight attendants and passengers celebrating after the announcement that face masks are no longer required to fly.

"Today's court decision means CDC's public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time," an administration official said.

Travelers posted videos of flight attendants cheering as they announced face masks are no longer required on board planes.

Uber also announced face masks are optional for drivers and riders going forward.

Face masks became a flashpoint for political debate that divided the country after the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci recommended face masks for the general population.

Common surgical (blue) face masks are not designed to filter out virus particles smaller than 0.1 microns. Coronavirus particles range from 0.06 microns to .14 microns.

The CDC's face mask guidelines were criticized by medical experts - including Dr. Fauci himself who flip-flopped a month after telling Americans face masks do not provide protection from Covid-19.

"Wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet. But it is not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is," Fauci said during a 60 Minutes interview that aired in March 2020.

Fauci later backtracked, saying he only made the statement to ensure there would be enough masks for healthcare workers.
 

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning about a Meningococcal outbreak affecting gay and bisexual men living with HIV in Florida.

Meningococcal disease is caused by an infection due to the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. The bacterium can cause meningitis and a life-threatening blood infection called meningococcemia (septicemia).

Meningitis and meningococcemia are medical emergencies. Meningococcemia (sepsis) can kill in as little as a few hours.

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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is a potentially deadly and highly infectious disease that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

Symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, and neck stiffness, sensitivity to bright lights, nausea, vomiting, and confusion.

What is Meningococcemia Septicemia?

Meningococcemia is a deadly blood infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria. It multiplies in the bloodstream and damages the walls of blood vessels causing multiple organ failure. Patients diagnosed with Meningococcemia septicemia are treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) isolation room to prevent infecting other patients in ICU.

Signs and symptoms of meningococcemia (sepsis) include flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, fatigue, weakness, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, and severe aches and pains in the muscles, joints, chest and/or abdomen. Cold feet and hands usually appear before a skin rash.

Contact your health care provider or go to an emergency room if you are experiencing symptoms.

According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men living with HIV and other men who have sex with men should get the MenACWY vaccine ASAP if they live in Florida.

The CDC also recommends the vaccine for gay or bisexual men planning to visit Florida.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is investigating three confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in males in Tallahassee aged 18 to 22.

The CDC urges male college and university students, immunocompromised individuals, men living with HIV and other men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease immediately.

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The White House plans to distribute 400 million N95 dust masks beginning next week at no cost, The Washington Post reported.

The news comes a day after the White House launched its website to distribute millions of free at-home COVID rapid antigen tests.

N95 respirator masks are tightly woven triple layered synthetic cloth masks typically worn by healthcare workers, painters, and factory workers to filter bacteria, dust, aerosol paint, and other large particles.

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N95 masks are so-called because they filter out 95% of particles down to 0.3 microns.

The coronavirus measures around 0.1 microns or smaller.

In 2020, Pres. Joe Biden announced a joint effort with the US Postal Service to mail millions of blue surgical face masks to American homes.

However, late last year, the CDC finally admitted blue surgical masks are useless against the virus. Surgical masks were designed to trap larger bacteria - not virus.
 
RELATED: Health experts say cloth surgical masks are 'not effective' against omicron
 

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The CDC recommended N95 or KN95 masks for adults and children to battle the mild Omicron virus.

The White House said the N95 masks will be distributed by the Strategic National Stockpile, which has about 750 million N95 masks.

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In March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci went viral when he said blue face masks were not effective against the novel coronavirus. Face masks were designed to trap large bacteria, not a virus.

For the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing blue surgical face masks or bandanas for protection against the novel coronavirus.
 
RELATED: Video: Dr. Fauci Explains Why Face Masks Aren’t Necessary
 
Now the CDC agrees with Fauci that blue surgical masks and cloth masks are not effective against Covid-19.

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The CDC now claims the best protection against the mild Omicron variant are N95 masks or KN95 masks for adults and children.

N95 masks are "respirator" masks that filter 95% of airborne particles. The white masks are worn by healthcare workers, painters and factory workers to trap bacteria, dust and aerosolized paint.

However, in order to be effective, N95 masks must be fitted by another healthcare worker and it must pass an air test to ensure no air is getting in.

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Officials say adults and children should wear N95 masks and eye coverings, in addition to getting three vaccines.

Worcester Medical Director and Director of Pediatric Trauma at UMass Memorial Health Dr. Michael Hirsh said, "Cloth masks and ... bandanas and homemade bandanas around their face are not effective against omicron. That is clear."

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He added: "The universal precaution is now one of these better masks, eye coverings and in general, the three doses of the vaccine, your first two and then the booster. That's your basic level of protection."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People most affected by COVID include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, smokers, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

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Moderna CEO warns Americans may need a 5th mRNA booster shot in the fall since previous boosters lose effectiveness.

Stephane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna, spoke on Thursday at a Goldman Sachs conference of healthcare professionals, DailyMail.com reported.

Bancel said a 5th mRNA booster is necessary in the fall because 3rd and 4th booster shots administered this fall was "not going to hold great".

"I still believe we're going to need boosters in the fall of '22 and forward," Bancel said.

He said a vaccine in development to combat the mild Omicron variant will not be ready in the next few months.

Bancel added the elderly and those with underlying health conditions might need annual booster shots for the rest of their lives.

"We have been saying that we believe first this virus is not going away," Bancel said.

"We're going to have to live with it."

In related news, the CDC changed the definition of "fully vaccinated" to "up to date".

"We are now recommending that individuals stay up to date with additional doses that they are eligible for," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained why the CDC continues to play fast and loose with COVID rules.

Democrats and health officials reacted with outrage when the CDC shortened the quarantine guideline from 10 days to five days for people who test positive with no symptoms.
 
RELATED: Fauci says 4th booster is coming
 
On Wednesday, Walensky appeared on both CBS Mornings and CNN's New Day, to contain the damage. She said she hopes the guideline change will make it easier for people to do the right thing and willingly isolate themselves.

"We really do need people to follow these recommendations for them to work," she said.

Under the new guidelines, people who tested positive but remain asymptomatic are asked to quarantine for 5 days then wear a mask around others for the next five days.

On Tuesday, the CDC downgraded the Omicron variant to a tropical storm.

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The CDC says the Delta variant is responsible for 77% of new COVID cases, while the Omicron variant is only responsible for 23% of cases.

The CDC previously said the Omicron variant had become the dominant strain in America.

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By now the CDC's credibility is pretty much shot. Even Pres. Joe Biden has thrown in the towel.

Before heading to Delaware for a one week vacation on Monday, Biden told a group of governors there is "no federal solution" for COVID, and that the COVID problem "gets solved at the state level."
 

This is exactly what Republican governors wanted all along.

Does this mean Biden will cancel his federal vaccine mandates?
 

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized NBA superstar LeBron James for posting a cryptic meme about Covid-19 on Instagram.

The meme shows three versions of Spider-Man pointing at each other. Each version is labeled COVID, flu and cold.

LeBron's IG post implied there is no difference between COVID, the common cold virus or the flu.

He captioned the meme, "Help me out folks" with a shrugging emoji.

The post generated over 2.5 million likes and more than 47,000 comments.

Abdul-Jabbar, a vocal supporter of the mRNA vaccines, took to his Substack page to scold LeBron.

"The meme's implication is that LeBron doesn't understand the difference among these three illnesses, even after all the information that's been presented in the press," Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

"Well, since he asked, let me help him out by explaining the difference—and how knowing that difference might save lives, especially in the Black community.

"As is evident by some of the comments that cheer LeBron's post, he's given support to those not getting vaccinated, which makes the situation for all of worse by postponing our health and economic recovery. The CDC reports that those who are unvaccinated are 9 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and 14 times more likely to die from COVID than those vaccinated. The number rises to 20 time more likely when compared to someone who's gotten a booster shot. By posting the uninformed meme, LeBron has encouraged vaccine hesitancy which puts lives and livelihoods at risk."

Six of LeBron's teammates and Lakers head coach Frank Vogel entered the NBA's health and safety protocol last week after testing positive for the virus. All are vaccinated and none are experiencing any symptoms of infection.

Other influential sports figures questioned the logic of quarantining perfectly healthy athletes.

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RELATED: LeBron James tests negative for Covid-19, Cleared to play, Tweets 'something fishy' is going on

LeBron sat out one game after testing false-positive with no symptoms. He tweeted there was something "fishy" about the NBA's Covid-19 tests.

Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he had no plans to pause the NBA season, since players who tested positive are asymptomatic.

"No plans right now to pause the season," Silver told ESPN.

"We've of course looked at the options but frankly, we're having trouble coming up with what the logic would be behind pausing right now... this virus will not be eradicated, and we're going to have to learn to live with it."

The CDC seemed to respond to the pushback on Monday by shortening the quarantine time from 10 days to 5 days for people who test positive without symptoms.
 

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In late 2020 and early 2021, Americans were told if they were "fully vaccinated" they would not get infected with the Covid-19 virus and their lives would return to normal.

A compilation video has preserved the original vaccine narrative for those who've forgotten.

Here are some quotes from the video -- in case it's deleted. These quotes are from early 2021. Compare these quotes with what they are telling you today.

"You're okay. You're not gonna get COVID if you have these vaccines."

"Vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick."

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"Everyone who takes the vaccines is not just protecting themselves, but reducing their transmission to other people and allowing society to get back to normal."

"Our key goal is to stop the transmission, to get the immunity levels up, so that you get almost no infection going on whatsoever."

"When people are vaccinated, they can feel safe that they are not gonna get infected."

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"If you're vaccinated, you're not gonna be hospitalized, you're not gonna be in an ICU unit, and you're not gonna die."

"If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask."

"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities - large or small - without wearing a mask or physical distancing."

As the original narrative began to fail miserably, health officials and the Biden administration changed the narrative.

The new narrative became -- no one ever said the vaccine would stop transmission of the virus.

The CDC even changed longstanding definitions of "vaccine" and "immunity" to fit their new narrative.

Now they want you to believe vaccines don't stop the transmission of a virus or prevent infection. They claim mRNA vaccines just lessen your symptoms.

Imagine if the polio vaccine was an mRNA vaccine.

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first injectable HIV prevention drug for adults and adolescents.

Apretude is administered one month apart, then every two months to prevent the risk of acquiring HIV.

The long-acting cabotegravir (or Apretude) injectable drug is approved for at-risk adults and adolescents who weigh at least 77 pounds.

Apretude is not intended for people who are already diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.
 
READ ALSO: CDC recommends HIV drug PrEP for everyone who is sexually active
 
The news comes about a month after the Centers for Disease Control updated its guidelines recommending physicians talk to all sexually active adult and adolescent patients about taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).

"I really think this puts PrEP in the same place as so many other really good preventive interventions like talking about smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc," Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the director of CDC's Division of HIV Prevention, told CNN.

The injectable drug is expected to replace the daily PrEP pill for high-risk individuals such as men who have sex with men (MSM).

"Today's approval adds an important tool in the effort to end the HIV epidemic by providing the first option to prevent HIV that does not involve taking a daily pill," said Debra Birnkrant, director of the Division of Antivirals in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines to recommend pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to all adults and adolescents who are sexually active.

According to the new guidelines, all sexually active adult and adolescent patients should receive information about PrEP.

The new guidance allows primary care doctors to advise patients who are sexually active that the HIV prevention drug PrEP should be a routine part of their care.

PrEP is a drug prescribed to reduce the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or the virus that causes AIDS.

PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%. Studies determined that only about 25% of adults and adolescents who can benefit from PrEP are actually taking the drug.

"It just makes sense to expand it to everyone," Kristen D. Krause, PD, MPH, tells Health.com. "PrEP is a big tool in the tool kit of HIV prevention."

"Having the CDC give the green light and say that this is an expected and routine part of your care potentially gives license to providers who otherwise might not have had this conversation," Seth Glassman, MD, an infectious disease expert, tells Health.

Before going on PrEP, all patients are required to take an HIV test. People who are already HIV-positive should not take PrEP.

The CDC stresses that PrEP is safe for everyone, and side effects caused by PrEP are mild and resolve eventually.

Those side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain

 
"Taking this medication dramatically reduces the chance that you will be infected with HIV if you are exposed to the virus," Jamie Alan, PharmD, PhD, tells Health.

"These side effects should be weighed against the possibility of getting infected with the virus," Alan says.

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is hunting down all passengers who flew into the United States from South Africa and southern African nations.

The Reuters news agency reported Wednesday morning that it has seen a copy of a letter from the CDC asking airlines to turn over the names of all passengers from that region.

The report comes amid heightened concerns over the new omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa last week.

The CDC plans to turn over the list of names to local and state governments to begin the arduous process of testing the visitors for Covid-19. But they could be anywhere in the US by now.

So far, the UK has reported 22 cases of omicron infections.

South Africans are reportedly furious that the World Health Organization and the CDC have targeted their nation for the new variant.

The African continent has the lowest cases of Covid-19 on the planet, despite a 6% vaccination status.

A South African doctor who treated omicron patients has stated the new variant causes "mild" symptoms in the infected.

"It actually started with a male patient who's around the age of 33," Dr. Angelique Coetzee told the BBC on Sunday. "And he said to me that he's just [been] extremely tired for the past few days and he's got these body aches and pains with a bit of a headache.

Dr. Coetzee said the first patient had a "scratchy throat" and didn't develop a cough or lose his sense of taste or smell. His family tested positive for Covid-19.

She has since treated more omicron patients -- all with "mild" symptoms. None were hospitalized.

Media outlets claim cases of the omicron variant has surged 400% in Africa.