Analysis of the news of July 14, 2022

Study: Long COVID has significant impact on UK workforce

A new study published in Applied Economics Letter estimates that long COVID symptoms forced 80,000 UK residents out of jobs in March this year.

The estimate is based on data that shows that 5.5% of people infected with COVID-19 will develop chronic disease symptoms that limit their activity, including shortness of breath, brain fog and headache.

“Continued waves of coronavirus infections, which can last for several years, will prevent people from working while sick with Long Covid. Many will lose their jobs and some will remain out of the labor market for a long time or so. permanent,” Donald Houston, PhD, of the University of Portsmouth and co-author of the study, said in a university press release.

Houston and co-author Darja Reuschke, PhD, of the University of Southampton, said that for the first time in recent history, there are more job opportunities in Britain than unemployed, a phenomenon that followed the high infection rates seen during the Omicron wave this past winter. At Omicron’s peak in February 2022, they said 2.9 million working-age people (7% of that population) had persistent symptoms of COVID-19 for more than 12 weeks.

Since the start of the pandemic, around 69% of the UK population have tested positive for COVID-19 at least once. The authors estimate that, among people aged 17-69 who are doubly vaccinated, 9.5% will develop long-lasting COVID lasting more than 12 weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, and 5.5% will develop long-lasting COVID-19. COVID long limiting activity. Rates are higher for unvaccinated people.

“Given the current national labor shortages in the UK and the devastating financial, personal and family consequences for some people suffering from Long COVID, we urge the government to extend job protection and financial support available to Long COVID sufferers and their employers,” the authors conclude.
July 6 App Eco Letyou
July 13 University of Portsmouth
Press release

Salmonella linked to backyard poultry now climbs to 572 cases in 48 states

In an update on multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported 353 additional cases, including 1 additional death, and 10 additional states affected. The developments bring the overall total to 572 cases, including 2 fatalities, in 48 states.

In its initial June 9 announcement, the CDC said four strains were implicated in the outbreaks: Enteritidis, Hadar, Infantis, and Typhimurium. In yesterday’s update, he identified a fifth strain, Mbandaka.

The last onset of the disease is June 22, and of the cases with known information, 92 have been hospitalized. Both deaths were reported in Tennessee and Wyoming.

The age of the patients varies from less than 1 year to 102 years and 23% are children less than 5 years old. Interviews with ill patients revealed links to contact with backyard poultry, consumption of backyard poultry eggs, or consumption of backyard poultry meat.

People bought poultry at 130 different outlets in 36 states. Health officials in North Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have identified outbreak strains in samples of poultry and poultry environments in stores and people’s homes.

Whole genome sequencing of 583 samples from sick people, animals and the environment to identify the risk of antibiotic resistance revealed that 35% were resistant to 13 key antibiotics. Although most people with Salmonella infections recover without antibiotics, the CDC said some illnesses would be difficult to treat with recommended medications and would require a different antibiotic choice.
July 13 CDC Salmonella epidemic update
June 10 Digitization of CIDRAP news

Tanzanian officials investigate unknown hemorrhagic fever cluster

Health officials in Tanzania are investigating a cluster of cases of haemorrhagic fever of unknown cause, according to a Ministry of Health statement released yesterday and translated by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog.

The outbreak is centered in the Mbekenyera area of ​​the Lindi region in the southeast of the country. The illnesses were first identified when two patients visited the health center for fever, nosebleeds, headaches and fatigue for 3 days in the first week of July. So far, 13 similar illnesses have been reported, 3 of them fatal.

The Ministry of Health is conducting clinical and epidemiological investigations pending test results.

The authors of a recent study on viral haemorrhagic fevers and malarial co-infections in Tanzania stated that outbreaks of Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever have been reported in Tanzania. No clinical cases of Ebola, Marburg or yellow fever have been reported, but its geographical location poses a high risk. They also noted that Tanzania is among the 10 countries most affected by malaria.

FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board, reported media reports that testing has so far ruled out Ebola and Marburg viruses.
July 13 Tanzanian Ministry of Health statement
July 14 Bird Flu Journal Publish
Flu trackers thread
April 25 BMC Infect Dis Pov study

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