News Scan for Jul 14, 2022


Examine: Lengthy COVID has important impression on UK workforce

A brand new examine printed in Utilized Economics Letter estimates lengthy COVID signs have pressured 80,000 UK residents out of employment as of March of this 12 months.

The estimate is predicated on knowledge that present 5.5% of individuals contaminated with COVID-19 will develop continual sickness signs that restrict their exercise, together with shortness of breath, mind fog, and complications.

“Continued waves of coronavirus infections, which can go on for plenty of years, will hold individuals off work whereas sick with Lengthy Covid. Many will lose their jobs and a few will stay out of the workforce for a very long time or completely,” stated Donald Houston, PhD, of the College of Portsmouth and a co-author of the examine, in a college press launch.

Houston and coauthor Darja Reuschke, PhD, of the College of Southampton, stated that, for the primary time in latest historical past, there are extra job alternatives in Britain than unemployed individuals, a phenomenon that adopted the excessive an infection charges seen throughout the Omicron wave this previous winter. On the peak of Omicron in February of 2022, they stated 2.9 million individuals of working-age (7% of that inhabitants) had skilled persistent COVID-19 signs for greater than 12 weeks.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, roughly 69% of the British inhabitants has examined optimistic for COVID-19 at the very least as soon as. The authors estimate that, of these aged 17 to 69 who’re double-vaccinated, 9.5% will go on to develop lengthy COVID lasting greater than 12 weeks after testing optimistic for COVID-19, and 5.5% will develop activity-limiting lengthy COVID. The charges are greater for unvaccinated individuals.

“Given present nationwide labour shortages within the UK, and the devastating monetary, private and household penalties for some people affected by Lengthy COVID, we urge the Authorities to increase employment safety and monetary assist provided to these affected by Lengthy COVID and their employers,” the authors conclude.
Jul 6 Appl Econ Lett
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Jul 13 College of Portsmouth
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Salmonella tied to yard poultry climbs now at 572 circumstances in 48 states

In an replace on multistate Salmonella outbreaks tied to yard poultry, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported 353 extra circumstances, together with 1 extra loss of life, and 10 extra affected states. The developments push the general whole to 572 circumstances, 2 of them deadly, from 48 states.

In its authentic announcement on Jun 9, the CDC stated 4 strains had been concerned within the outbreaks: Enteritidis, Hadar, Infantis, and Typhimurium. In yesterday’s replace, it recognized a fifth pressure, Mbandaka.

The newest sickness onset is Jun 22, and of circumstances with identified data, 92 had been hospitalized. The 2 deaths had been reported from Tennessee and Wyoming.

Affected person ages vary from youthful than 1 to 102, and 23% are kids beneath 5. Interviews with sick sufferers discovered hyperlinks to contact with yard poultry, consuming eggs from yard poultry, or consuming meat from yard poultry.

Folks purchased poultry from 130 completely different retail places throughout 36 states. Well being officers from North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin recognized outbreak strains in samples from poultry and poultry environments in shops and at individuals’s properties.

Complete genome sequencing of 583 samples from sick individuals, animals, and the surroundings to determine danger of antibiotic resistance discovered that 35% had been proof against 13 key antibiotics. Although most individuals with Salmonella infections get better with out antibiotics, the CDC stated some sicknesses could be troublesome to deal with with really useful medication and would require a special antibiotic selection.
Jul 13 CDC Salmonella outbreak update
Jun 10 CIDRAP Information scan

 

Tanzanian officers probe unknown hemorrhagic fever cluster

Well being officers in Tanzania are investigating a cluster of hemorrhagic fever circumstances from an unknown trigger, based on a well being ministry assertion posted yesterday and translated by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious illness information weblog.

The outbreak is centered in Mbekenyera space of Lindi area within the nation’s southeast. The sicknesses had been first recognized when two sufferers sought take care of fever, nostril bleeds, headache, and fatigue on the well being heart over 3 days throughout the first week of July. Thus far, 13 related sicknesses have been reported, 3 of them deadly.

The well being ministry is conducting medical and epidemiological investigations as officers await check outcomes.

The authors of a latest examine on viral hemorrhagic fevers and malaria coinfections in Tanzania stated Rift Valley fever and Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever outbreaks have been reported in Tanzania. No medical circumstances of Ebola, Marburg, or yellow fever have been reported, however its geographic location poses a excessive danger. Additionally they famous that Tanzania is among the many 10 international locations with the best malaria burden.

FluTrackers, an infectious illness message board, flagged media experiences that stated testing up to now has dominated out Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Jul 13 Tanzania well being ministry statement
Jul 14 Avian Flu Diary post
FluTrackers thread
Apr 25 BMC Infect Dis Pov study

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