Urgent Updates | December 14, 2023

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Mexico

The CDC cautions travelers to Mexico about Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people who are traveling to the Baja California region of Mexico to watch out for ticks that could spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The travel advisory comes after a person from San Diego died from the disease. Full Access: CDC


CDC Urges Doctors, Health Departments to Bolster Surveillance of More Severe Mpox Strain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify clinicians and health departments about the occurrence, geographic spread, and sexually associated human-to-human transmission of Clade I Monkeypox virus (MPXV) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). MPXV has two distinct genetic clades (subtypes), and cases of Clade I MPXV have not been reported in the United States at this time (a clade is a broad grouping of viruses that has evolved over decades and is a genetic and clinically distinct group). However, clinicians should be aware of the possibility of Clade I MPXV in travelers who have been in DRC. Full Access: CDC


Appendicitis Risk Higher for Preterm Infants in First Year of Life

In this retrospective, multicenter, matched case-control study, researchers found that preterm infants have an increased risk of appendicitis during the first year of life. A preterm birth history may help improve the timely diagnosis of infantile appendicitis. Full Access: AAP


Flu, Respiratory Viruses Rise for 4th week, Pediatric Deaths up: 8 FluView Notes

For a fourth week in a row, the number of cases of respiratory illnesses are above average in eight of 10 CDC regions, and flu hospitalizations have also gone up again.  There were 4,268 patients admitted to hospitals across the U.S. with confirmed flu cases, according to the CDC’s latest data for the week ending Nov. 25, up from 3,296 admissions the week prior. Full Access: Becker’s Hospital