CNN – Amid water crisis, Flint faces a Shigellosis outbreak
Flint, Michigan, is dealing with another outbreak. This time it’s an infectious bacterial disease called Shigellosis, which can cause bloody diarrhea and fever and typically spreads when people don’t wash their hands.
That’s exactly what’s happening in Flint, the county health director told CNN.

The New York Times – Toxins Linger in Homes Long After Smokers Quit
Houses where smokers have lived remain polluted with tobacco smoke for at least six months after the smoker has quit and may continue to pose a threat to nonsmokers who live there, a new study found.
The report, in Tobacco Control, found that small particles from burning tobacco penetrate multiple surfaces — carpets, upholstery, pillows, blankets, clothes, even wallpaper and ceiling tiles — and remain long after smoking has stopped.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pitt announces two promising Zika vaccines
Amid the growing surge of Zika research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has announced early success with two experimental vaccines that prevented the pups of immunized female mice from becoming infected with the virus.
Both vaccines, with one more effective than the other, succeeded in producing an immune response to the virus that was transferred from mother to her pups. That would represent an important goal in a human vaccine, given the severe neurological birth defects including microcephaly (an abnormally small head) and Guillan-Barre syndrome that the viral infection can cause.

Los Angeles Times – With $1.1 billion in new funding, U.S. health officials outline plan for fighting Zika
The nation’s top health officials on Monday laid out their plans for spending $1.1 billion in newly appropriated federal funds to combat the threat posed by the Zika virus.
At the same time, they vented frustration at Congress for taking so long to make the money available as the virus spread to more than 25,000 people in U.S. states and territories, including 3,600 on the mainland.