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Officials link 23 Listeria cases and 1 death to Florida

Although federal health officials have linked the multi-state outbreak, which resulted in one death and loss of pregnancy, to Florida, the exact source of the infections is still unknown. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of childhood hepatitis cases has reached 320.

CBS News: 1 dead, nearly two dozen sick in Florida-linked Listeria outbreak

At least 23 people across the United States have been sickened in a listeria outbreak that may have originated in Florida, federal health officials reported Thursday. One person died and another suffered a pregnancy loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases have been reported in 10 states. All of the patients live in Florida or have traveled there about a month before falling ill. The exact source of the outbreak is unknown. (6/30)

In updates on the outbreak of hepatitis in children —

CIDRAP: CDC reports more unexplained cases of hepatitis in children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the number of pediatric cases of unexplained hepatitis in the United States has risen to 320, from 296 reported earlier this week in an interim report. The number of affected states or jurisdictions remained at 42. (6/30)

In West Nile virus news —

Indianapolis Star: Indiana’s West Nile virus: First case reported in 2022 in Lake County

The first West Nile virus case of 2022 has been detected in a Lake County resident, the Indiana Department of Health announced Thursday in a news release. To protect their privacy, no further information has been released about the infected person in the northwest part of the state. (Rafford, 6/30)

Bay Area News Group: Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Milpitas

Insecticide spraying will take place in parts of Milpitas on Thursday evening after public health officials discovered mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. Affected areas include the central and western regions of Milpitas, according to a map provided by the health department. (Greschler, 6/30)

In other health and wellness news –

The Hill: Uber report details thousands of sexual assault claims on platform amid pandemic

Uber received 3,824 reports of sexual assaults from its U.S. rides in 2019-20, down 38% from the previous two years, according to a safety report released Thursday by the company. The company said the drop could be partly linked to the impacts of the pandemic, citing a drop from 2.3 billion rides in 2017-18 to 2.1 billion rides in 2019-20, but also praised its recent security investments and enhanced background check requirements. (Schonfeld, 6/30)

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Heat deaths in Las Vegas since 2010 take a heavy toll on the homeless

Heat-related deaths nearly doubled in 2021, totaling 245 people, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Annual deaths among residents and visitors have also increased over the past decade, increasing more than five times, according to a Review-Journal analysis. The situation is alarming, experts say, as summers get hotter. (Simonton and Scott Davidson, 6/30)

The New York Times: Why LGBTQ adults are more vulnerable to heart disease

One of the most critical health inequalities among LGBTQ adults is often overlooked, according to some health experts. A growing body of research shows that LGBTQ adults are more likely to have poorer heart health than their heterosexual peers. (Blum, 6/29)

NPR: DOJ does not report on accessibility of federal websites to people with disabilities

About a quarter of Americans live with a disability, but nearly a third of the most popular federal websites are difficult for people with disabilities to access. It’s been 10 years since the Justice Department tabled a biennial report on the federal government’s compliance with accessibility standards for information technology, according to a bipartisan group of concerned senators. The reports are required by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. (Rajkumar, 6/30)

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