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    MILLIONS of children across the world are at serious risk of catching a dangerous and sometimes fatal disease, experts have warned. Measles, an infection that spreads very easily that can be fatal for young children, is on the rise globally. 1Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days laterCredit: Getty The virus, which can lead to serious brain and lung issues, is entirely preventable through the MMR vaccine. However, it requires 95 per cent vaccine coverage to prevent outbreaks among populations. And according to the World Health Organization vaccine coverage has plummeted during the pandemic, leaving millions of children open to infection. A record high of nearly 40million children missed a measles vaccine dose in 2021 due to hurdles created by the Covid pandemic, the WHO and the CDC said in a joint report. read more on measlesHEALTH CHECK What are measles and can you get it if you’ve had the MMR vaccine?BOOMERGRAN! Gran, 100, beats virus after surviving heart attacks, scarlet fever & measles Last year alone, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive...
    PARENTS must be on the look out for a potentially deadly but also common bug increasing among kids this winter, experts have warned. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a chest infection that affects babies and children under the age of two. 1Cases of the bug have surged recently, especially among under-fivesCredit: Getty The little known bug usually only causes mild cold-like symptoms in children. But in some cases, the virus can be deadly and can lead to pneumonia, bronchiolitis and asthma, in both children and adults who survive it. Cases of the bug, which infects the lungs, have surged recently, especially among under-fives. Professor Francois Balloux, director at the UCL Genetics Institute, told Express.co.uk : "RSV is a leading cause of child hospitalisation and the virus kills more than 100,000 children each year globally. Read more on RSVSymptom checker Is it flu, RSV or Covid? A parent's guide to the three deadly viruses FLUED UP The 9 signs of life-threatening virus no parent should ever ignore "That’s more than 50 times as many children than those who died from Covid throughout...
    DYLAN Dreyer's two young sons were rushed to hospital with a terrifying respiratory virus. The Today meteorologist, 41, revealed she felt "helpless" when Rusty, 13 months, and Oliver, two, both battled Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) last month. 4Dylan Dreyer's two young sons were rushed to hospital with a terrifying respiratory virusCredit: Getty 4Rusty, one, and Oliver, two, both battled Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) last monthCredit: Instagram/ dylandreyernbc Dylan explained that she thinks her eldest son Calvin, five, had the virus first and passed it down to Oliver. She said the incident began with Oliver's swimming lesson just before Halloween when he jumped into a pool and inhaled a lot of water. Dylan told PEOPLE that Oliver "had this weird cough and he was breathing weird," that night. She became worried about secondary drowning and was relieved when the toddler woke up feeling fine in the morning. Read More on Dylan VANISHING ACT Today’s Dylan Dreyer makes shock admission about appearance on Halloween showNOT TODAY Today’s Al Roker looks embarrassed & demands ‘next’ topic after NSFW conversation However the...
    Amy Schumer revealed over the weekend that her son was rushed to the emergency room for respiratory syncytial virus — and she had to miss a Saturday Night Live rehearsal as a result. The 41-year-old comedian shared on Sunday how her three-year-old son, Gene, had been diagnosed with the virus, which is spreading rapidly throughout the United States and is threatening to overwhelm children's hospitals RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common infection that virtually all children get before they are two years old triggering cold-like symptoms. It typically causes around 50,000 hospitalizations each year. But during the pandemic, restrictions like face masks and social distancing meant to stop the spread of COVID also stopped this virus from circulating, leaving young children without the immunity to fight it off. In just the last week of October alone, the Centers for Disease Control reports, more than 7,000 tests came back positive for the virus — which kills about 100 to 500 children each year. 'This was the hardest week of my life,' Schumer captioned a slideshow on Instagram. 'I missed Thursday rehearsals when...
    COVID cases have fallen for the first time since the summer as the UK shrugs off the autumn wave. The Office for National Statistics estimated 1.9million Brits had the virus last week after cases dropped by nine per cent. 1Covid cases are falling after a surge over September and OctoberCredit: PA It was the first decline since the end of August and shows the latest surge peaked at just half the size of the July wave. NHS figures also reveal the number of people in hospital beds with the bug has fallen to 7,296 - down by a third in three weeks. Daily admissions have halved in the same time. Dr Mary Ramsay, of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “The vaccination programme means that Covid-19 cases and hospitalisation rates are still falling across the UK, which is excellent news. Read more on Covid-19BREAK FREE Covid patient finally cleared of virus after 411 days of testing positive “We need to make sure that we remain protected through the winter.” The ONS figures showed Covid cases are falling in England, Wales...
    THE number of children in hospital with a deadly virus has soared in the last week, official data has revealed. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the cause of deaths for thousands of kids under five, across the world. 1Data from the UKHSA shows how hospitalisations of children under the age of five have soared in the last week Now data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has revealed that not only have cases risen - but that hospitalisations have also surged in the under 5s. The chart above shows that over 16 children per 100,000 of the population in the under 5s have been hospitalised with the bug. That's far more than any other age group, with in some groups, less that one child per 100,000 having been hospitalised. Cases of the illness are highest in that age group at 29.3 per cent, in figures taken from the week ending October 23. Read more on RSVNEW ALERT Urgent warning as cases of dangerous kids' virus surge - the signs you must knowMUM'S WARNING My little boy went blue and...
    A BOY has died of the respiratory syncytial virus and officials are warning that hospitals are "filling up" with sick kids. The child, six, passed away in a hospital in Troy, Michigan. 1A boy has died after battling RSV (stock image) He was being treated for the disease at the time of his death. Dr. Frank McGeorge warned that RSV is a common virus and is “easy to spread”. And, Russell Faust said that “hospitals have been filling up” with vulnerable kids battling the virus who are four and under. Most read in HealthPOX FEARS Monkeypox 'very contagious' four days before symptoms appear, scientists warnHIGH HOPES Magic mushrooms could 'cure depression' within three years, experts sayBUG BEAR Warning to anyone who's had Covid over 'high risk of killer neurological disease'GET CHECKED The 7 signs of prostate cancer you need to know as treatments surge Topics Health Michigan YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunPOX FEARS Monkeypox 'very contagious' four days before symptoms appear, scientists warnHIGH HOPES Magic mushrooms could 'cure depression' within three years, experts sayBUG BEAR...
    AS the temperature begins to drop and we head indoors, a handful of deadly respiratory viruses are spreading at very high levels. Thanks to several lockdowns over the last few winters, immunity among the population is low meaning kids are more at risk of catching these illnesses. 1Most kids should recover on their own from RSV, flu and CovidCredit: Getty Cases of both flu and RSV among kids are surging, according to recent data. Covid cases are declining in kids, and experts believe hospitalisations have peaked - but virus continues to circulate at high levels. Most kids should recover on their own from infections of flu, RSV or Covid, especially with lots of rest, sleep and fluids. But some, including very young kids and those with underlying lung issues, may need additional care. Read more on viruses NEW FEAR Flu combines with killer virus to 'create new bug that may evade immune system' BUG BEAR The 12 deadliest viruses in history revealed - and the ones circulating right now Here are the signs and symptoms to look...
    CASES of a nasty childhood virus have surged alongside several other dangerous bugs. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the cause of deaths for thousands of kids under five globally. 1In some cases, RSV can become life threateningCredit: Alamy And cases of the deadly virus has surged in recent weeks, especially among the younger most vulnerable age group. According to the UK Health Security Agency, there has been an 18.5 per cent increase in cases among under 5's during the week ending on October 16 compared to the previous week. While there has been a 5 per cent rise among all ages. RSV cases are higher than typical for this time of year, as well as other bugs. Read more on virusesBUG BEAR The 12 deadliest viruses in history revealed - and the ones circulating right nowEYE SORE Monkeypox warning as doc discover virus can infect your eye - leaving you blind That’s because Covid lockdowns, in which kids stayed at home, prevented RSV from circulating as it usually would. Immunity among children, and adults, to various bugs was low when...
    An alarming surge in potentially serious respiratory illnesses among children is sparking concern nationwide, and in the region. Cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a common cold virus that can be associated with severe disease in young children as well as older adults, are now rising in 32 states, including New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The non-COVID-19 related virus, common among children, is now appearing earlier in the season and more frequently. Connecticut has been especially affected, seeing an unprecedented number of children infected by the illness. Dr. Juan Salazar, executive vice president and physician-in-chief at Connecticut Children’s, told CNN beds are filled to capacity and children are coming to the hospital at an “unprecedented” level. RSV usually leads to mild, cold-like symptoms with no vaccine available, but infants and older adults could develop severe pneumonia-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.  "RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and...
    A VIRUS that can leave some kids completely paralysed is on the rise, experts warn. The bug, known as enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) typically causes a mild cold-like illness which lasts about a week. 1Experts have issued a warning to medics as cases of EV-D68 spike in the US for the first time in yearsCredit: Getty However, in some cases the virus can develop into another more sinister neurologic condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). AFM affects the spinal cord causing polio-like paralysis - which most children never fully recover from. Several children in the US have died after developing the neurological illness. The virus is very contagious, it is most commonly spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs droplets into the air or on surfaces. Read more on virusesVIRAL SPREAD Monkeypox virus lingers on surfaces touched by an infected person, study findsNEW THREAT Warning as new ‘tomato flu’ virus causing painful blisters infects 82 children Experts have issued a warning to medics to watch out for symptoms of the virus as cases spike in the US for...
    POLIO booster shots will be “urgently offered” to one million kids as health bosses seek to contain the UK outbreak. Scientists are still detecting the virus – which can cause paralysis and even be fatal – across several parts of London. 1All parents in London with young children will be sent an invitation letter in the next four weeks for the polio jabCredit: Getty Investigators have found at least one positive sample in sewage in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest which all have low vaccination rates. In response, the vaccines watchdog has called for children between the ages of one and nine in all London boroughs to be “urgently offered” an extra polio shot, around a million kids. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s aim is to boost protection against paralysis. And to raise immunity among kids in a bid to interrupt transmission. Read more on polio HIDDEN DANGER Warning polio outbreak may now have spread in UKBABY TALK All you need to know about polio vaccinations for babies All parents in the capital...
    With the American monkeypox outbreak in a state of uncontrolled spread, public health authorities are concerned that outdated science and bad-faith scapegoating are combining forces to frighten parents about the epidemic’s threat to their children. Epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists and public health authorities are in near-universal agreement that the current outbreak appears to pose low risk to kids at the moment. But as far-right figures tie the virus to baseless panic about LGBT people “grooming” children, and as some media outlets and online influencers speculate that monkeypox could flourish in school settings, those assurances risk being drowned out. “The few kids infected have been close household contacts of cases,” emphasized Dr. David Freedman, a professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama and an expert in tropical diseases. “I just don’t think that silent carriage into a school setting is a big risk unless guidelines are completely ignored.” The tangle of unintentional misinformation and purposeful disinformation has grown in recent weeks as leading far-right conservative figures and conspiracy theorists have latched on to a handful of pediatric cases...
    EXPERTS have revealed what parents need to know about the monkeypox outbreak, after cases in children have been confirmed. Four kids in the US and one under 15-year-old male in the UK have been struck. 1Children have been infected with the monkeypox virus, which causes lesions on the skinCredit: Getty The number of cases is very small compared to the larger epidemic, in which a few thousand people have been reported. But experts have warned that children under eight are at “high risk” of severe disease if they catch monkeypox. Monkeypox usually causes a mild disease of flu-like symptoms and a rash which gets better on its own. It has a fatality rate of three to six per cent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two deaths have been reported in Spain. Read more on monkeypox KNOW THE SIGNS New monkeypox skin symptoms identified - as ‘more deaths expected’VIRUS DEATH Second monkeypox death confirmed in Europe amid rising cases across the globe Here is everything you need to know about the risk to your kids: Can children get monkeypox?...
    MONKEYPOX cases in children have risen to four cases as experts warn of the spread's "high risk" for kids under eight, just before back to school season has started. Indiana state officials confirmed the new two cases on Tuesday. 1Four children in total have caught the monkeypox virus in the USCredit: AP:Associated Press The new cases are confirmed as a total of 5,811 Americans have become infected with the virus. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said in a statement: "Like many other states, Indiana has seen an increase in monkeypox cases over the past month." In total four children in the US has tested positive for monkeypox, after federal officials previously confirmed two other cases last month. THE CDC pushed a health alert over the weekend, warning of preliminary evidence that has suggested children below the age of eight could develop a more severe reaction to the virus. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and...
    (CNN)Scientists in the United Kingdom say they've found "strong circumstantial evidence" linking an obscure type of sidekick virus called adeno-associated virus to unexplained cases of liver damage in children around the world. The research also suggests that affected children may share a genetic susceptibility, though it's not clear what role it plays.Since October, over 1,000 children worldwide, more than 350 of them in the United States, have been diagnosed with hepatitis, or swelling of the liver, with no known cause. Most of the children are young -- under the age of 5. Many were healthy before they suddenly got sick. In the US, at least 20 have needed liver transplants, and 11 have died, according to the latest updates from the CDC. About half have tested positive for adenovirus 41, a stomach bug that commonly gives kids vomiting, diarrhea and flu-like symptoms but has never been known to cause hepatitis.Most of the children who tested positive had low levels of adenovirus in their blood and no adenovirus infection in their livers, leading many doctors to suspect another cause such as...
    A WAVE of colds and tummy bugs after Covid rules were lifted caused a surge in rare hepatitis in children, scientists say. At least 12 kids under the age of 10 have needed liver transplants and 263 have been hospitalised with the mystery illness. 1At least 263 children have been hospitalised with the viral liver damage (stock image)Credit: Alamy Doctors were baffled because the young patients were not testing positive for the hepatitis bug. But they now believe the cases were caused by a spike in two viruses that combined to trigger liver damage in some children. Two studies blame a bug called adeno-associated virus 2 and say it spread alongside other common adenoviruses, which cause colds or diarrhoea and vomiting. Serious hepatitis cases were not noticed in the past because they were spread out – but an infections spike when Covid restrictions ended meant dozens came along at once. Dr Antonia Ho, from Glasgow University, said: “All the measures we put in place to reduce transmission of coronavirus meant there was much reduced circulation of seasonal viruses.  “Now that children...
    Rand Paul once again had a showdown with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Capitol Hill Thursday as the senator pushed the nation's top immunologist on whether children are going to need 10 boosters against COVID-19. Fauci, who joined the hearing virtually after announcing Wednesday he contracted COVID, said it was 'absurd' to say that children would need to continue getting vaccination boosters as long as they produce antibodies, which Paul says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using as its reasoning for recommendation. 'The government recommends everybody take a booster over age five,' Paul saida as part of a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Thursday. 'Are you aware of any studies that show reduction in hospitalization or death for children who take a booster?' Dr. Fauci, 81, replied that there have not been such studies or 'data accumulated', but said, before being cut off by the Republican senator, that the recommendation was made based on mortality rates of children who contracted the virus.  It was their latest in a string of clashes since the start...
    NEW YORK -- Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world.The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn't known to cause liver problems in otherwise healthy kids. That virus was detected in the blood of stricken children but - oddly - it has not been found in their diseased livers."There's a lot of things that don't make sense," said Eric Kremer, a virus researcher at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier, in France.As health officials in more than a dozen countries look into the mystery, they are asking:- Has there been some surge in the stomach bug - called adenovirus 41 - that is causing more cases of a previously undetected problem?- Are children more susceptible due to pandemic-related lockdowns that sheltered them from the viruses kids usually experience?- Is there some mutated version of the adenovirus causing this? Or some other not-yet-identified germ, drug or toxin?- Is it some kind of haywire immune system reaction set off by a past COVID-19 infection...
    By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press NEW YORK — Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world. The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn’t known to cause liver problems in otherwise healthy kids. That virus was detected in the the blood of stricken children but — oddly — it has not been found in their diseased livers. “There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense,” said Eric Kremer, a virus researcher at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier, in France. As health officials in more than a dozen countries look into the mystery, they are asking: — Has there been some surge in the stomach bug — called adenovirus 41 — that is causing more cases of a previously undetected problem? — Are children more susceptible due to pandemic-related lockdowns that sheltered them from the viruses kids usually experience? — Is there some mutated version of the adenovirus causing this? Or some other not-yet-identified germ, drug or toxin? — Is it...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world. The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn’t known to cause liver problems in otherwise healthy kids. That virus was detected in the the blood of stricken children but — oddly — it has not been found in their diseased livers. “There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense,” said Eric Kremer, a virus researcher at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier, in France. As health officials in more than a dozen countries look into the mystery, they are asking: — Has there been some surge in the stomach bug — called adenovirus 41 — that is causing more cases of a previously undetected problem? — Are children more susceptible due to pandemic-related lockdowns that sheltered them from the viruses kids usually experience? — Is there some mutated version of the adenovirus causing this? Or some other not-yet-identified germ, drug or toxin? — Is it some kind of haywire...
    BRITS who have had close contact with people with monkeypox should self-isolate for 21 days, government guidance now says. New guidance from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) states that people who have had "unprotected direct contact or high-risk environmental contact" with the disease should isolate - and avoid contact with immunosuppressed people, pregnant women, and kids under 12. 1Brits who have had close contact with anyone with monkeypox is being advised to isolate for 21 dasyCredit: Reuters Those contacts include household contact, sexual contact or even changing and infected person’s bedding without wearing the appropriate PPE. They should also be offered a vaccine. Doctors are warning new infections of the disease are being detected on a daily basis as it spreads in the UK. On Friday the total number of confirmed cases in the country was at 20 although a “significant rise” in that figure is expected when the latest figures are released on Monday. Read More on MonkeypoxISO-NATION Belgium introduces monkeypox QUARANTINE as virus spreads across Europe The cause of the outbreak in Britain is not yet known...
    GINGER Zee announced that she will be "out" from Good Morning America. The meteorologist and her two children have Covid-19, according to a social media post. 1Ginger Zee said she will not be on Good Morning AmericaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Zee shared a photo on Instagram of the positive tests. "COVID cubed in the house," Zee said in the caption. "Everyone is feeling tired & stuffy but okay - I'll be out for a big to keep everyone safe." "Hope you all stay healthy & safe." Fans and coworkers took to the comments to give Zee their well wishes. "Oh no!! Feel better!! And good luck!" commented her co-star Dylan Dreyer. Most read in CelebrityMASSIVE KIM-PIRE Kim Kardashian drops $6.3M on home next door to her $60M LA mansion'DEAD TO ME' Serena & Venus Williams WON'T go to tragic nephew's funeral, half-sister saysSAFETY FEARS Kim Kardashian 'targeted by death threats as stranger sent 80 letters to home'ICON GONE Who Do You Love singer and son of Roberta Flack dies at 58 as friend pays tribute
    PARENTS have been urged to watch out for the key signs of hepatitis in kids as cases rise in the UK. Official data shows that 163 children in the UK have contracted the illness, with 11 needing a liver transplant. 1Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and is usually caused by hepatitis virus, A,B,C,D or ECredit: Getty No children have died in the UK from the condition, and it's thought that globally there are now over 250 cases. Earlier this week the World Health Organisation said there were 230 kids across the globe with the illness. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and is usually caused by hepatitis virus, A,B,C,D or E. None of the children in the UK have tested positive for these strains, and none are thought to be immunocompromised. Read more on hepatitis DOC’S ORDERS I’m a GP - here’s everything parents must know about the hepatitis outbreak British health officials said the odds of a child developing hepatitis remains “extremely low”, but parents should know the symptoms. The key signs you need to look out...
    PARENTS have been warned to keep children with chickenpox away from newborn babies. It comes as cases of the infection have risen in recent weeks, putting kids in danger. 1Chickenpox can be uncomfortable and is especially dangerous for newborn babies and people who are immunosuppressedCredit: Getty - Contributor Newborns are more vulnerable to the virus as their immune systems are not yet fully developed. For most healthy babies, chickenpox will be uncomfortable but it can in some cases, cause complications. These include dehydration, bacterial infections, pneumonia, inflammation of the brain and inflammation in other parts of the body. The increase in cases mixed with an uptick in scarlet fever infections puts children at risk as the combination of the two bacterial infections could make treatment more difficult. Read more on children's healthOUR HORROR I'm sharing polaroid of my baby so other parents don't face our horrific truthMOOD CHANGE I’m a psychologist - here’s 12 signs your child is depressed & when to see a GP While chickenpox is generally mild in otherwise healthy children, it can be more severe in...
    PARENTS have been warned cases of a common kids' virus have risen in the past few weeks. Experts have urged parents to keep kids off school and away from vulnerable people if they pick up signs of rotavirus. 1Cases of rotavirus have increased - with parent urged to know the signsCredit: Getty An official UK Health Security Agency report found norovirus cases rose last month and now rotavirus infections have increased. Dr Lesley Larkin, Surveillance Lead, Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety, UK Health Security Agency said: "Norovirus and rotavirus can easily be passed on to those around you. "While unpleasant, most people get over it within a day or two, however, it can last longer in the very young, elderly or those with weakened immune systems. "Symptoms of norovirus and rotavirus infection include vomiting and diarrhoea but can also include a high temperature and tummy pain or cramps. Read more on kids' illnessFLUED UP The 9 signs of life-threatening virus no parent should ever ignoreANOTHER VICTIM? Second child death linked to hepatitis outbreak as global cases rise “Stay at home if you...
    Seven more cases of severe hepatitis have been detected in California, and a child has died in Wisconsin, as the mysterious disease spreads throughout the country.   California's Department of Health said it had detected the cases in 'young' children, who had all been taken ill since October. It takes the U.S. total for suspected hepatitis cases to 27, with the condition now being spotted across seven states — mostly east of the Mississippi river. Wisconsin is the only state to report a suspected child death from hepatitis. If confirmed, it will be the first in the country and second in the world. State officials confirmed to the DailyMail.com that the child had developed the disease after being infected with the adenovirus. Cases of the peculiar illness have already been spotted in Alabama, North Carolina and Delaware. Health chiefs in Illinois and New York are currently probing reports of similar occurrences. The cause of the mysterious illness remains a 'mystery', chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, Dr Anthony Fauci says. But experts have raised concerns that lockdowns weakening immunity in children s or...
    DOZENS of children all over the world have been struck down with a mystery hepatitis outbreak. It has caused 17 to become so ill they need liver transplants, as experts scrabble to understand what has sparked it. 1Cases have risen over the past few weeks of hepatitis in childrenCredit: Getty - Contributor One youngster has now died, with parents urged to watch out for warning signs. Currently scientists think the most likely cause is an adenovirus - common viruses that cause flu-like and gastro symptoms, and usually resolve without any lasting issues. In kids they generally spark a mild illness, with liver inflammation (hepatitis) rare in healthy youngsters. But last night it was revealed in a UK Health Security Agency report, experts think the adenovirus type 41F could be to blame. Read more on hepatitis GET IN THE KNOW What causes Hepatitis and what are the main symptoms to look out for?HEPATITIS ALERT Parents warned as under 5s hit by hepatitis - with lockdown blamed for rise Many of the infections involve this bug, which usually causes diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal...
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Unvaccinated children aged five to 11 traveling with a fully vaccinated adult will no longer need a COVID-19 test to enter Canada beginning Monday, the federal government said. Pre-entry tests will still be needed for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 who are eligible to travel to Canada. Children under five years of age don’t currently require a COVID-19 test to enter Canada. Government officials announced several other small changes to ease restrictions for international travelers taking effect on Monday. Fully vaccinated travelers, and children under 12 accompanying them, will no longer need to provide their quarantine plans when they enter the country. Vaccinated people arriving in Canada won’t need to wear a mask for 14 days, keep a list of contacts or report COVID-19 symptoms. Travelers will also no longer need to quarantine if someone in their group develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive. All travelers are still required to use the ArriveCAN app to upload travel and vaccination information within 72 hours of their arrival to Canada and/or before boarding...
    A child reacts while receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Smoketown Family Wellness Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., November 8, 2021.Jon Cherry | Reuters LONDON — One of the enduring mysteries of the Covid-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that has led to over 6 million fatalities, is that children have been spared by the virus — for the most part — and have not experienced anywhere near the severity of illness that adults have. When Covid emerged in late 2019 and began to spread around the world, scientists scrambled to understand the virus and how to combat it, with hospitals trying different techniques to save the worst-off Covid patients in intensive care units. Mercifully, few of those patients were children, posing a mystery for public health experts as to why kids were not becoming severely ill or dying with Covid. Scientists are still somewhat baffled as to why children are not badly affected by Covid, although studies are slowly shedding light on how, and why, children's responses to Covid differ from those among adults....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Starting Monday, many school districts throughout California will be ditching their mask mandates for students and teachers, but not the Los Angeles Unified School District.Now that the rate of hospitalizations and virus transmission has dropped significantly, the state of California has decided to lift its indoor mask mandate for schools, but districts can make their own decisions.Parents of students in the L.A. Unified School District are wondering when their kids will be allowed to take the facial coverings off."I think it's time. If it's time for us adults to take them off I think it's time for the children to take them off," said parent Elisa Smith."Online learning was a nightmare, and we're very glad to be back," said parent David Webber. "But we can't wait until everybody's unmasked, if they're OK with that."On Friday night, LAUSD officials issued a statement saying they are still working with labor partners, including the teachers' union to transition from requiring indoor masking to strongly recommending it.That means when kids go back to classrooms in Los Angeles on Monday, they...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Friday marks two years since the World Health Organization declared coronavirus had reached global pandemic status.Starting Monday, many school districts throughout California will be ditching their mask mandates for students and teachers, but not Los Angeles Unified School District.Now that the rate of hospitalizations and virus transmission has dropped significantly, the state of California has decided to lift its indoor mask mandate for schools, but districts can make their own decisions.Parents of students in the L.A. Unified School District are wondering when their kids will be allowed to take the facial coverings off."I think it's time. If it's time for us adults to take em off I think it's time for the children to take em off," said parent Elisa Smith.Friday night, LAUSD officials issued a statement saying they are still working with labor partners, including the teachers' union to transition from requiring indoor masking to strongly recommending it.That means when kids go back to classrooms in Los Angeles on Monday, they will have to keep their masks on. Some parents say they aren't ready for...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said Monday that the state will formally recommend against COVID-19 vaccinations for healthy children. Ladapo made the announcement at a roundtable event organized by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that featured a group of doctors who criticized coronavirus lockdowns and mandate policies. It was not immediately clear when the state would release its health guidance. “The Florida Department of Health is going to be the first state to officially recommend against the COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children,” Ladapo said at the end of the roundtable discussion. “We’re kind of scraping at the bottom of the barrel, particularly with healthy kids, in terms of actually being able to quantify with any accuracy and any confidence the even potential of benefit,” he added. Late last month, Ladapo and DeSantis announced new virus policy recommendations that discouraged mask-wearing and directed physicians to exercise their own judgment when treating virus patients, including the use of emerging treatments and off-label medications. The Florida state Senate confirmed Ladapo as surgeon general despite criticism that his virus health...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to announce more relaxed guidance on indoor masking as soon as this week, on the heels of decisions by Democratic leaders in states from New York to California to loosen mask restrictions. These policies ignore the reality that 18 million Americans under age 5 are ineligible for coronavirus vaccines -- including my own two daughters. Kara Alaimo Until vaccines are available to every American, ending mask mandates in public places is irresponsible and immoral. Doing so will endanger the health of young children and further drive parents to make impossible choices -- like whether to go to work or the grocery store and risk bringing home a virus that might harm their children. Giving privileged Americans license to act without regard for the health and well-being of the vulnerable will also take us far from our country's original ethos, creating the kind of society that can no longer solve our collective problems. While children under age 5 are least likely to get Covid-19, they have a higher death...
    In this article MRNAVIDEO2:1402:14Moderna CEO says it's working to get its Covid vaccine authorized in Hong KongSquawk Box AsiaModerna's CEO Stephane Bancel said it's "reasonable" to assume that we may be approaching the final stages of the pandemic. "I think that is a reasonable scenario," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" when asked about views that the Covid-19 pandemic may now be in its final stages. "There's an 80% chance that as omicron evolves or SarsCov-2 virus evolves, we are going to see less and less virulent viruses," he said Wednesday.   He also said there's another "20% scenario where we see a next mutation, which is more virulent than omicron." "I think we got lucky as a world that omicron was not very virulent, but still are we see thousands of people dying every day around the planet because of omicron," he said. According to the World Health Organization, there were 15.47 million new cases reported in the last 7 days worldwide, and 73,162 deaths in the same period.The reason we want to expand in Asia is the importance of that region....
    To be clear, this little girl is not sick. She's going to see a parade. All is good. As of Friday, the seven-day running average for new cases of COVID-19 in the United States had fallen by over 600,000 cases a day compared to the peak hit during the second week of January. That’s a genuinely amazing decline. It’s definitely cause to celebrate, and in some areas, time to breathe a sigh of relief as beds finally open up in what have been badly overstrained hospitals and ICUs. States in the Northeast in particular have seen the rate of hospitalizations drop dramatically.  That rapid drop is causing more than just signs of hope. It’s causing state and local governments across the nation to shed social distancing constraints and mask mandates like Punxsutawney Phil got back a negative test and now it’s time for virus-free spring. Except that’s objectively not the case. Not yet. The 203,000 cases a day average now present in the U.S. is a huge drop from where the nation was a month ago, but it’s also 40,000 cases a day...
    THE UK has seen a drop of 40 per cent in new daily Covid cases in a week today. Another 66,183 infections have been logged in the past 24 hours, compared to 112,458 last Tuesday. 1The UK has seen a huge drop in cases week-on-weekCredit: Maciek Musialek / Story Picture Agency Yesterday deaths were very low, with 45 reported - however figures are generally smaller after the weekend. Today another 314 fatalities were added to the grim toll, but this number likely includes some unreported from Saturday and Sunday. "It seems reasonable based on the data to conclude that we are now through the worst of this wave of Omicron," she told MSPs. It comes as the Health Secretary today revealed his plan for the NHS to bounce back after Covid. Sajid Javid pledged to slash waiting times for treatment, in a package of measures designed to tackle the record backlog. He said more than 300,000 people have been waiting for treatment for over a year. Most read in Health Newscovid warning Omicron 'acts differently' in kids - with one...
    OMICRON could "act differently" in kids - with a key sign to watch out for, a children's doctor has warned. The variant has been proven to be milder than other Covid strains, especially in the vaccinated. 2Kids under five can have a specific kind of cough if they have caught Omicron, experts have saidCredit: Getty - Contributor But children are mostly unvaccinated, and Omicron's mutations could be hitting them harder, some experts think. Dr Andrew Pavia, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah, said: "There is reason to think that Omicron acts differently in younger children. "We are seeing the shift towards more disease in younger children; that probably has to do with changes in the virus." He suggests the variant “attacks the [upper] airways more than the lungs, and younger children have smaller airways". Most of the kids who have caught the virus and got ill enough to go to hospital, present with a specific cough. It sounds "croup-like" and as if they are barking, doctors have said. This type of cough is generally not...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pfizer has announced it is planning to ask the FDA to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for young children. Pfizer’s leaders are expected to ask as soon as today for the authorization of a two-dose vaccine for children aged six months through four years old, according to the New York Times. If approved, this age group would receive two doses, while Pfizer continues to research the effectiveness of three shots. Pfizer says the two doses at 1/10 of the amount adults receive is safe, but it doesn’t provide a strong enough immune response. Leaders plan to present information on a third dose by late March. Some federal regulators say they’re anxious to look through the data in hopes of authorizing the two-dose vaccine by the end of February. This comes as the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases spiked dramatically through the surge of the Omicron variant. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 3.5 million child cases of the virus were reported in January — with more than 808,000 cases being reported for the week ending...
    When April Schneider’s children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her kids couldn’t connect to their virtual schooling. But coronavirus cases in her children’s New York City classrooms, and the subsequent quarantines, sent her kids back to learning from home. Without personal devices for each child, Schneider said they were largely left to do nothing while stuck at home. “So there you go again, with no computer, and you’re back to square one as if COVID just begun all over again in a smaller form,” Schneider said. As more families pivot back to remote learning amid quarantines and school closures, reliable, consistent access to devices and home internet remains elusive for many students who need them to keep up with their schoolwork. Home internet access for students has improved since the onset of the pandemic with help from philanthropy, federal relief funding and other efforts — but obstacles linger, including a...
    ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — The Belgian city of Antwerp has put its faith in monkey business to put kids at ease for their first COVID-19 jab. With the expansion of the country’s vaccination campaign to include children as young as 5, Belgian authorities are getting creative as they try to prevent kids getting spooked by the sight of vials and needles. Antwerp on Wednesday made use of one its greatest assets — the zoo in the center of town which is one of the finest in Europe. While adult vaccination centers focus on the conveyor belt principle to process as many people in as short a time as possible, it takes more patience with kids. Close to the zoo’s entrance, specially designed safari tents were set up, with photos of zoo animals. To distract them inside the tent, kids were given light pointers to seek out the animals they liked best while they got their shot. If there was any pain, it quickly dissipated when they and their parents were allowed to stroll through the zoo’s greenhouse...
    PARENTS have been warned to watch out for the five key signs of a common winter bug in their children as cases are 'rife' across the UK. Hundreds of children have been hospitalised with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) which usually peaks in January. 1Hundreds of children are being hospitalised with a common winter bug so it's important that you know the signsCredit: Getty Experts at the British Lung Foundation say immunity to the bug is likely to have dropped due to the Covid lockdowns. The charity said that the peak in RSV infections could coincide with Omicron infection rates, leaving many children vulnerable. It says that there has been a huge surge in calls to its helpline from worried parents with children who are experiencing breathing problems and symptoms of RSV. Over the last three months, there have been over 1,000 kids in hospital with the virus and the charity has seen a 400 per cent increase in enquiries from parents. RSV is common in babies and children under two-years-old and can cause breathing issues and hospitalisations if it develops into...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The number of children in hospitals with COVID-19 in Massachusetts has risen in recent weeks. But one Boston doctor said there is more to the data than it appears. Data shows a steady rise in pediatric hospitalizations since the beginning of December. As of last week, there are 48 children hospitalized who have COVID. Last week, there were 28 children with COVID at Boston Children’s Hospital, and 10 in the ICU. At the beginning of December there were 18 pediatric patients in the state, and as of two weeks ago the number was 30. (WBZ-TV Graphic) An infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital told WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall the virus is being detected incidentally in children who go to the hospital for other health issues. “As part of the admission process when they get screened in order to be hospitalized we find out that they are PCR positive for the virus, in which case, of course, the child gets reported as a child being admitted with COVID-19,” Dr. Richard Malley said. “But, in fact, a more...
    The end of the holiday break may be coming too soon for the millions of students scheduled to return to class Monday as COVID cases skyrocket around the country, forcing some schools to return to remote learning or delay reopening. In a study by Columbia University, researchers speculated that the Omicron-fueled cases would peak to around 2.5 million by January 9. However, others have estimated the surge to go to 5.4 million before the milder strain begins to peter out.  'I wouldn't do it now,' pediatrician Dr. Peter Hoetz told CNN. 'You have got a screaming level of transmission in the Northeast, in New York City and Washington, DC. Trying to open schools at this point, it's hard to imagine how things will go well.' The rapid spread of Omicron has prompted concern over the return to in-person learning, with some pediatric medical experts arguing it is too soon to put children - especially those not old enough to get vaccinated - back in the classroom.   'We fear that it's going to get a lot worse, between getting together for the...
    Despite rising COVID-19 cases, pediatricians argue “parents should send their children back to school.” With winter break just about wrapped up, parents are rushing out to get kids tested for COVID-19 and some school systems around the region are delaying their return back to the classroom to either give students more time to get a test result or to allow any new infections that were spread around winter break to subside. Regardless, for one reason or another, many parents around the region are going to be anxious about the weeks ahead, whether it’s what their child might be facing when they return to the classroom, or simply because their kid can’t get back into a classroom. It’s understandable. “All parents need to continue to be vigilant, and certainly to stay on top of all of the information that’s coming out,” said Dr. Anisha Abraham, who is the acting chief of adolescent medicine at Children’s National Hospital. “The best advice that we have is to continue to ensure that your kids are vaccinated or boosted. I would also mention that this...
    “It really was to motivate pediatricians and families to seek the protection of vaccination," she then stated. Sorry to bust up the manipulation ploy.pic.twitter.com/y9msS5K3sq — Bethany S. Mandel (@Bethany S. Mandel) 1640751324 "Many people continue to think that children do not become infected with COVID. This is not true," Bassett continued. "Children become infected with COVID and some will become hospitalized. The vaccination coverage remains too low." "We need to get child vaccinations up, particularly in the 5-to-11-year-old age group," she argued.What else?Using blatant scare tactics to encourage people towards a specific action is bad enough, but it's made worse by the possibility that the supposedly concerning numbers were artificially inflated. In a report about the uptick published Tuesday, NBC News noted that the larger numbers of hospitalizations likely include asymptomatic children brought to the hospital for reasons other than infection with the virus. Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told NBC his hospital had seen many kids test positive for the virus recently who hadn't shown symptoms or come in with a sickness. "We...