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The tip of a man's penis turned black after his partner bit it, causing a quarter-sized piece of tissue to die – INSIDER



  • A man wound up in the emergency room and needed antibiotics after his partner accidentally bit the tip of his penis and caused 3 centimeters of it to die and turn black, according to a recent case study in the Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • Doctors gave the man antibiotics through an IV and in the form of oral medication. A month later, he had recovered.
  • In more severe cases, genital injuries can lead to permanent damage and require surgery. 
  • Other bizarre sex-related injuries include “penile trauma due to zippers” and semen allergies. 
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A man wound up in the emergency room after his partner accidentally bit the tip of his penis and caused it to turn black, according to a recent case study in the Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine.

According to the study, the otherwise healthy 43-year-old man showed up at the hospital five days after his partner bit his penis, saying he had a painful wound. When doctors examined his wound, they found 3 centimeters of tissue had died and, as a result, turned black. 

Doctors gave the man antibiotics through an IV and decided not to perform surgery. Instead, they discharged the man and gave him more antibiotics, in the form of oral medication, for one month.

At his one-month check-up, the man had made a full recovery and only had a small penis deformity at the tip.

Genital injuries can cause lasting damage and require surgery 

In other cases, genital injuries can lead to permanent damage and require surgery, according to the doctors who authored the case study. 

For instance, fournier gangrene happens when a person’s genitals experience trauma and the surrounding tissue becomes infected with fungus or bacteria and dies. 

To it, doctors often use antibiotics, but sometimes may also be forced to remove the dead and infected skin from the genitals.

Fournier gangrene is rare, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, with an estimated 1,800 cases reported in English-language medical journals between 1950 and today.

If a person experiences genital trauma, they should see a doctor right away rather than waiting multiple days like the man and many other people do, the doctors wrote.

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Between 2002 and 2010, an estimated 17,616 people showed up in emergency rooms in the United States due to trouser zip injuries to their genitals.
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Other bizarre injuries from sex include pants-zipper wounds and semen allergies 

This isn’t the first time a person has dealt with an unexpected sex injury.

A March 2013 report in Sexual Medicine found that penile trauma due to zippers was fairly common. Researchers found that between 2002 and 2010, an estimated 17,616 people showed up in emergency rooms in the United States due to trouser zip injuries to their genitals.

“The penis was almost always the only genital organ involved,” the researchers wrote.

Much more rarely, people may experience semen allergies. After a woman ingested her partner’s semen, for example, she had an allergic reaction and broke out in hives.

The woman also had trouble breathing, and when doctors investigated, they discovered she had an allergy to the antibiotic penicillin. Her partner had traces of a similar antibiotic, amoxicillin, in his semen, according to BMJ Case Reports. He had been taking amoxicillin to treat an ear infection.

Allergens transferred through sex have barely been studied, and this case is one of the first that demonstrates the phenomenon.

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The Ottawa area's weekly COVID-19 vaccination checkup: Oct. 21 –




  • Updates to Ontario and Quebec’s proof-of-vaccination systems.
  • More details on the reopening of the U.S. land border.
  • Another step toward approval of a vaccine for children age five to 11.
  • Ottawa hits some major vaccination milestones.

Every Thursday, CBC Ottawa brings you this roundup of COVID-19 vaccination developments throughout the region. You can find more information through links at the bottom of the page.

There have been more than 3.5 million doses administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has about 2.3 million residents.

That’s about 25,000 doses in the last week, slightly fewer than the previous weekly count.

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Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination QR codes can be used starting Friday. People can still give paper or PDF proof, but the QR codes and provincial app used to check them are meant to be more efficient.

Quebec has a new vaccination record specifically designed for use out of the province.

Proof of vaccination is now required for visitors to many health-care facilities in Quebec. While its unvaccinated health-care workers aren’t yet suspended without pay, they are losing their pandemic bonuses.

Most members of Parliament — and anyone else entering the House of Commons — will have to be fully vaccinated when Parliament returns on Nov. 22.

Ninety per cent of eligible Quebec residents have had at least one dose and 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Eighty-eight per cent of Ontario residents age 12 and up have at least one vaccine dose, while about 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Quebec is allowing bars and restaurants to reach full capacity under its vaccine passport and halving the two-metre distance rule as of Nov. 1.

One week later, the United States land border with Canada reopens to non-essential travel for the fully vaccinated, including those with mixed doses.

WATCH | The upcoming U.S. border rules: 

Travellers with mixed vaccine doses to be accepted in U.S.

5 days ago

CBC News explains the United States’ new stance on travellers with mixed vaccine doses. The country will now accept Canadians with mixed vaccines, including AstraZeneca, when the new rules begin on Nov. 8. 3:15

After submitting its trial data, Pfizer has officially asked Health Canada to approve its vaccine for children age five to 11.

Ontario’s health minister says the province will be ready to go when the first such vaccine is available.

WATCH | What expanded eligibility may look like: 

COVID-19 vaccines for kids could face hurdles after approval

Health Canada is reviewing data for the first COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, but even if it’s approved, the hurdles could include vaccine supply, distribution and getting some parents on board. 3:38


The capital still has regular and pop-up clinics for anyone eligible to get a first, second or third dose, has neighbourhood vaccine hubs, and is bringing mobile vaccine clinics to those who request it.

There are pop-ups Friday afternoon at the Banff-Ledbury Pavilion and Saturday at Communauté Catholique Congolaise Bondeko d’Ottawa-Gatineau in Vanier.

More than 1.6 million doses have now been given to Ottawa residents.

Of the city’s total population of just over one million, 78 per cent of residents have had at least one dose, including 90 per cent of residents born in 2009 or earlier.

Seventy-five per cent of the total population is fully vaccinated, as are 86 per cent of eligible residents.

This combined bar and line graph shows vaccination numbers for Ottawa residents born in 2009 or earlier. Every age demographic is above 85 per cent fully vaccinated except for two: 18 to 29 and 30 to 39. Both moved slightly closer to that mark in the last week. (Ottawa Public Health)

An infectious disease specialist said this high level of vaccination will begin to reflect in a declining number of new cases — even among people who don’t have the vaccine.

Western Quebec

CISSSO continues to list recurring, mobile and pop-up clinics online.

The Outaouais has distributed more than 596,000 doses — combined first, second and third — among a population of about 386,000.

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Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington

It’s managing smaller clinics and mobile clinics to better reach areas with lower vaccination rates, with options shared regularly online and on its social feeds.

A mobile clinic is coming to the Addington Highlands Community Centre in Denbigh Thursday afternoon.

The region, with a population of about 213,000, has had more than 328,000 vaccine doses — combined first, second and third — given to residents.

The health unit has now given a first dose to about 89 per cent of its population 12 and older, and about 85 per cent of eligible people have been fully vaccinated.

WATCH | What it means when a health unit is around 90% vaccinated: 

Ottawa reaches 90 per cent of residents with first dose, offering hope for herd immunity

2 days ago

Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen’s University, said Ottawa’s high rate of vaccination means case numbers should decline, even among those who aren’t vaccinated. 1:01

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

About 324,000 vaccine doses have been administered among a population of about 209,000. About 90 per cent of residents 12 and older are partially vaccinated, and about 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Details for its regular and pop-up vaccine clinics are regularly shared on its website and social media. There are clinics Thursday at Cornwall’s Benson Centre and Friday at Rockland’s Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena.

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

The health unit has given nearly 296,000 doses to residents, seeing 97 per cent of its eligible population with at least one dose and about 94 per cent of those residents have at least two doses.

The unit is posting walk-up vaccine locations on Twitter and online. Upcoming options include Prescott’s Leo Boivin Arena Thursday and the Christian Reformed Church in Athens Friday.

It’s making sure people saw the updated guidance they don’t have to space out flu and COVID-19 shots.

WATCH | Hospital workers in Ottawa area mostly vaccinated against COVID-19

Majority of Ottawa-area hospital staff fully vaccinated as deadline arrives

6 days ago

Dr. Alan Drummond, an emergency room physician at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, says health care providers have an obligation to get vaccinated in order to keep patients safe — and those unwilling to do so should find other careers. 0:55 

Hastings Prince Edward 

There are regular clinics in Bancroft, Belleville and Picton. It lists community clinics on its website.

About 256,000 doses have been administered to this area’s residents. Another 5,200 or so doses have been given at CFB Trenton.

Eighty-nine per cent of the local population 12 and older has now had a first dose. Eighty-two per cent are fully vaccinated.

When ready, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte say their clinic for kids age five to 11 will operate out of the Mohawk Community Centre.

Renfrew County

The health unit regularly shares pop-up and walk-in clinic information online. There are clinics in Arnprior and Deep River Thursday.

With a population of about 109,000, Renfrew County has distributed about 154,000 doses as of its last update Oct. 12.

About 87 per cent of its eligible population, including military at Garrison Petawawa, have at least a first dose and about 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Flu shots now available to all Albertans – St. Albert Today



St. Albert and Sturgeon residents can now get a flu shot and a COVID-19 shot at the same time to protect their health this fall.

Oct. 18 was the official start of the annual influenza vaccination campaign in Alberta. Anyone older than six months can now get vaccinated against the flu for free by making an appointment at most pharmacies or a COVID-19 vaccination centre. (Alberta Health Services has suspended its usual walk-in flu clinics due to the pandemic.)

Jill Bocking, a pharmacist at St. Albert’s Midtown Apothecary, said seniors and high-risk individuals got early access to the shot earlier this month.

“We’ve gotten a lot of seniors,” she said, many of whom got their COVID-19 booster shots at the same time, and considerable public interest from others as to when the flu shot would be available.

Recent research has confirmed it is safe for people to get immunized against COVID and influenza at the same time, said Lynora Saxinger, co-chair of Alberta Health Services’ COVID-19 science advisory group.

“There’s no real concern with immune system confusion, as your immune system deals with a heck of a lot more stuff than [two vaccines at once] in any given day,” she said.

Saxinger said the only side effect residents might get from getting both shots at once is having two sore arms instead of one (as the needles go into different arms).

Bocking said pharmacists will offer flu shots to anyone who comes in for a COVID shot and vice-versa (provided the timing is right for a COVID shot).

This year’s flu shot will protect against the four flu strains predicted to be most common this year, Bocking said. Unlike last year, all seniors, not just those in care facilities, will get an extra-strength flu shot for maximum protection.

Bocking said residents can make appointments to get their shots at most pharmacies.

Tough season ahead?

Much of the world effectively skipped flu season last year due in large part to anti-COVID-19 measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing. Alberta had zero lab-confirmed influenza cases last flu season — a sharp drop from the 8,470 it had the season before.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw said the province had three lab-confirmed influenza cases as of Oct. 14 at a time when the province’s intensive-care units are packed with COVID patients.

“Influenza remains a serious and deadly virus,” Hinshaw said, and she urged all residents to get vaccinated against it.

How bad this year’s flu season would be was an open question, Saxinger said. Experts usually base their predictions on Australia and New Zealand, but those nations had atypical flu seasons this year due to extensive COVID-19 lockdown measures.

“We’re definitely seeing a lot more other cold viruses going around,” she said, but anti-COVID measures and competition from COVID itself could keep influenza in check.

“I think there’s a reasonable possibility we could have a real flu season again,” she said, which would be a problem, as the flu tends to put lots of people in hospital (1,534 in 2019-2020 province-wide, AHS reports).

Vaccination protects both yourself and the kids, grandparents, and immunocompromised around you, Bocking said. It also lessens a person’s chance of being hospitalized due to the flu.

“With the hospitals so full of people with COVID, if you were to need hospitalization with influenza, they might not be able to help you,” she noted.

Visit to book a flu shot appointment.

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Active COVID-19 infections in B.C. fall to nine-week low – The Tri-City News



B.C. continues to face sufficient serious COVID-19 infections to worry health officials, but new data shows some good news: the number of known active infections in the province has fallen to a near-10-week low.

There are 4,888 people known to be infected with COVID-19 in B.C., with the vast majority being told to self-isolate at home. The last time there were fewer known active cases was on August 13, when 4,277 people were known to be infected, and the fourth wave of the pandemic was surging. 

Of those fighting infections, 370 are in hospitals, with 139 in intensive care units (ICUs).

Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said yesterday that there are around 200 people in hospitals who are not included in that count, but are dealing with lingering health problems as a result of COVID-19.  

The province’s general rule for counting COVID-19 hospital patients is to limit the official number to those who are infectious, with that meaning those who have not yet gone 10 days after first feeling symptoms. Henry said this is not a hard and fast rule, and that some people could be included in that count up to 30 days after first feeling symptoms depending on the severity of their illness. 

Another six people died from COVID-19 overnight, raising the province’s death toll from the disease to 2,092, and underscoring the seriousness of getting infected. 

Health officials detected another 696 infections overnight, raising the number of those in B.C. known to have contracted the disease to 199,534.

Of those, more than 96.3%, or 192,189 people, are deemed by the province to have recovered because they have gone more than 10 days after first feeling symptoms, and are therefore considered to be not infectious. 

Vaccinations in the general population have slowed as the vast majority of people are already vaccinated.

Health officials administered initial vaccine doses to 2,787 people in the past day, as well as second doses of vaccine to 5,870 people. 

Across B.C., 89.3% of eligible adults older than 12 have had at least one dose of vaccine, with 83.6% of eligible people having had two doses, according to the B.C. government.

Of the 4,138,787 B.C. residents who have received one dose of vaccine since mid-December, 2020, 93.6%, or 3,876,579, are fully vaccinated, with two doses. Health Minister Adrian Dix said October 19 that about 60,000 residents, who are either immunocompromised or who live in seniors’ living facilities, have received three doses of vaccine.

The B.C. government estimated in July that the province’s total population is 5,147,712, so Glacier Media’s calculation is that 80.4% of B.C.’s total population has had at least one dose of vaccine, and 75.3% of the province’s total population has had two doses.

“We do track vaccine effectiveness, [and] hospitalization, as a measure of severe illness by what combination of vaccines people received,” Henry said October 19.

“What it does show us across the board, is that every combination is very effective at preventing severe illness. The AstraZeneca-AstraZeneca [combination] is slightly less than every other combination in terms of preventing infection, but if you go to AstraZeneca, and then in an mRNA vaccine, that protection goes back up again.” 

The small slice of the population that is not vaccinated is responsible for the lion’s share of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 

Only 20 of the 139 people in ICUs are fully vaccinated, according to Dix.

When adjusted for age, in the week up to October 18, there were 294.3 people newly infected for each 100,000 unvaccinated British Columbians. In that same time period, there were only 86.9 people newly infected for each 100,000 partially vaccinated British Columbians, and only 32.1 people newly infected for each 100,000 fully vaccinated British Columbians. 

One new health-care facility outbreak has been detected at Swedish Assisted-Living Residence in Burnaby, raising the number of such outbreaks in the province to 24. •

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