Precautions will be necessary until enough people have been vaccinated against COVID to reach herd immunity, and transmission of the coronavirus has been further reduced.
For all the harm the coronavirus pandemic has done, it also has undoubtedly spurred advances in medicine and public health, including the development of vaccines in record time.
An amendment by council members Aimee Melton and Brinker Harding, to raise the mandate's age requirement from age 5 to 12, failed on a 5-2 vote.
During a public hearing, public health officials asked the Omaha City Council to extend the city’s indoor mask mandate, while opponents questioned the science behind masks.
The addition of people 65 and older to the COVID-19 vaccination priority list has created uncertainty among some people who had been next in line.
Nebraska will start vaccinating anyone 65 years and older as part of its next phase in administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
Infectious disease experts from the University of Nebraska Medical Center will discuss COVID-19 in Nebraska during the next Omaha Science Cafe.
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In the past, seasons dominated by H3N2 flu strain have proved worse than others, said Dr. Mark Rupp, professor and chief of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s infectious diseases division.
By all accounts, influenza is coming on strong this season, including starting roughly a month earlier than it has for the past several years.
Some 30 million blood cultures are drawn each year in the United States. However, no matter the precautions taken, a small but significant number become contaminated, due in part to bacteria on skin fragments dislodged during the needle stick.
A handful of known seasonal bugs — two of them respiratory, one that goes straight to the gut — are making their rounds in Nebraska and western Iowa, and most are starting to make their mark.
A promising experimental Ebola vaccine could become a powerful tool in the fight against the deadly disease, said an infectious disease specia…
Final tests confirm the vaccine, given to people who had contact with Ebola patients during the tail end of an outbreak in Guinea, is highly effective.
The Zika virus continues to concern public health officials, especially now that some mosquitoes in South Florida are carrying it, an expert w…
Dr. Mark Rupp at Nebraska Medicine said mosquitoes in Nebraska and Iowa don’t carry Zika, so local transmission isn’t a concern.
In Nebraska, two cases were reported earlier this year. Six were reported in Iowa. In all eight of those cases, the Zika patients had traveled to the countries where the virus is prevalent or had sexual contact with an infected traveler — the two ways the virus is known to spread.