Infectious Diseases News
Video: Expert: The COVID-19 vaccine will protect you from the new variant of ...
11 Jan 2021 at 8:00pm
According to experts, the new strain spreads more quickly because it has a change in the surface protein of the virus. That change allows it to bind to the receptor that is found on the host cell tighter. Tighter binding in this case means a more infectious virus.
Video: NMMC selects expert to discuss coronavirus vaccine in virtual meeting
10 Dec 2020 at 8:01pm
Glenn Wortmann, infectious disease expert, speaks to locals about the coronavirus vaccine process.
Video: Remembering Molly Lee: Admirals doing it ?All For Molly?
8 Dec 2020 at 8:19pm
Gulfport Junior Molly Lee passed away in a car accident, but through tragedy is the human spirit always find its way through to the other side. Over time, text messages turn into laughs, recalling the inside jokes, the memories, and mental images of happier times.
By all accounts, Molly is defined by her sweet and goofy personality, her contagious laugh, and her infectious smile.
She was also a Gulfport High School cheerleader and golfer as well as a middle school soccer player.
Watch the video above to hear from her teammates and closest friends who are all doing it all for Molly.
Video: Covid Update With Infectious Disease Expert
26 Nov 2020 at 8:12pm
WAAY 31 Dan Schaffer spoke with Dr. Ali Hassoun about the coronavirus vaccine.
Video: COVID-19 Herd Immunity
23 Nov 2020 at 8:00pm
We have seen herd immunity for many other diseases but health officials and scientists have said they aren't sure if we will see it with COVID-19.
Video: State of Mississippi releases plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
23 Nov 2020 at 3:01pm
Mississippi has released its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.
A distribution timeline for vaccines is still being developed, but State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs expects the first doses in Mississippi as early as December.
With limited vaccine supplies to start, Mississippi's draft plan calls for about more than 156,000 paid and unpaid workers in healthcare settings with potentially infectious patients to be vaccinated first.
Vaccinations would follow for first responders, food packaging and distribution workers, public school employees and students, and those at increased risk for grave illness due to age or underlying medical conditions including nursing home residents.
Vaccination sites would at first be limited to hospitals and satellite facilities.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses administered several weeks apart.
State health officials have asked that Congress provide $8.4 billion for the massive nationwide effort.
Video: UK Infectious Exp
13 Nov 2020 at 2:01pm
Video: COVID update with infectious disease specialist
12 Nov 2020 at 8:12pm
An update with infectious disease specialist Dr. Ali Hassoun
Video: Purdue Working on New Rapid COVID-19 Test
10 Nov 2020 at 8:01pm
Purdue University is working on creating a new COVID-19 Rapid test.
The Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease at Purdue University is working with sensor technology that will be able to produce results given a sample of saliva.
Video: Reacting to the passing of Initiative 65 in Mississippi
4 Nov 2020 at 7:03pm
Mississippi voters overwhelmingly chose Initiative 65 in last night?s election and now local proponents of the measure as well as law enforcement are speaking out on what?s next.
As the part owner of DB Rocks Quality CB Store in Gulfport, Chad Williams was excited about the approval of Initiative 65 by Mississippi voters. "I think it's just going to be another small step and a positive direction making certain treatments available for more people that are beneficial to them."
Key aspects of 65 include the ability for doctors to prescribe up to five ounces of marijuana per month to patients and lists 22 named diseases that are qualifying conditions.
With a projected start date of August 2021, Williams says it gives the state department of health time to put regulations in place for the program. "It's going to be more regulated, and I think regulation is good with this cause it's going to help make it to where it's something that is healthy and not something that people are just getting from other sources that are unregulated and could be actually having negative impacts on their health."
Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says he was not surprised by Tuesday?s result, but still has a lot of questions about regulations. "One of my big concerns personally is where this marijuana comes from, is it being grown somewhere locally, you know? That could be an issue for us. Is it something that's going to be brought in from other states? That could be an issue also."
Williams says there will be kinks to work out at first but remains positive that regulators and recipients of marijuana will adjust to following all of the guidelines. "I don't think it's going to be a disaster or even have a negative impact or cause a lot of illegal selling or abusing of the medicine itself."
Now, Miller and the Biloxi Police Department will coordinate with the state and begin their preparations for enforcing this new program. "We'll have to do some training, and hopefully the state's going to have some direction on that for us, and I believe they will."
Video: Skilled to Work: Medical Laboratory Technology at NEMCC
2 Nov 2020 at 3:11pm
In this week?s Skilled to Work, we introduce you to those responsible for testing samples and diagnosing diseases like the coronavirus.
Video: Infectious disease expert on Covid situation
29 Oct 2020 at 8:05pm
Infectious disease expert on Covid situation
Video: Health: Neurological Disease Help
28 Oct 2020 at 3:24am
Video: Health Darkest Days of Pandemic 102120
21 Oct 2020 at 2:25am
As Covid-19 cases soar coast to coast in the country, a top infectious disease expert is sending out a warning about whats to come.
Video: Breaking Down Coronavirus Treatment
5 Oct 2020 at 3:00pm
Sydney Martin spoke with a local infectious disease specialist to learn more about the treatments the president received.