Week Ending April 25, 2022

Fact Check: Is There a Connection Between COVID Vaccines and Hepatitis C?
“In a viral tweet from last week, Dr. Peter McCullough, a Texas cardiologist and frequent purveyor of COVID-19 misinformation, claimed that there is a connection between the COVID-19 vaccine and hepatitis C.”

Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify clinicians and public health authorities of a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection. In November 2021, clinicians at a large children’s hospital in Alabama notified CDC of five pediatric patients with significant liver injury, including three with acute liver failure, who also tested positive for adenovirus.”

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients with sickle cell disease at the Korle-Bu teaching hospital
“Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a blood borne infection that remains potentially transmissible through blood transfusions. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a common inheritable haemoglobinopathy in Ghana that requires multiple blood transfusions as part of its management. The SCD patient is therefore at a high risk of HCV infection; however, data on the occurrence of HCV in SCD patients has not been documented in Ghana. This study sought to determine the prevalence and genotypes of HCV infection in SCD patients.”

In a deadly drug epidemic, harm reduction saves lives
“According to the latest report from the CDC, an estimated 105,752 people died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending October 2021. In Florida alone, 7,617 people died of drug-related death in that same time period. These staggering numbers prove that the drug epidemic is deadlier than ever right now.”