A new study from the C.D.C. provides more details about a polio case detected in New York last month, and reports that the virus was in the state’s wastewater in April.
Doctors who want to prescribe tecovirimat, or Tpoxx, must navigate a gantlet of bureaucratic hurdles that experts say could be quickly lifted.
Containing the outbreak, scientists say, will depend on better understanding the virus’s transmission and how well available tools work.
The move would be an effort to further wean Americans from addictive tobacco products and reduce smoking-related illnesses.
The vaccines seem safe for children and are likely to protect against severe illness. But data on efficacy are thin, and most children have already been infected.
The virus “is not known to linger in the air,” agency officials said. But the research is far from definitive.
In many places, there is no system for sharing home test results with health officials, but the information may still be beneficial for public health.
As the number of cases outside Africa approaches 800, governments are scrambling for a limited pool of vaccines and treatments with unclear effectiveness.
Agency inspectors found a leaking roof, standing water and cracked production equipment before a facility shutdown that led to major shortages.
The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.