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Everything you need to know about the monkeypox health emergency

Everything you need to know about the monkeypox health emergency

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Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. On May 7, health officials in the UK reported a case of monkeypox in a person who had recently traveled to Nigeria. The case was very rare but not necessarily alarming; a small number of travel-related cases of monkeypox…
WHO declares monkeypox an international emergency as child cases raise alarm [Updated]

WHO declares monkeypox an international emergency as child cases raise alarm...

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. Update 7/23/2022 11:00am ET: The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the multinational monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), the agency's highest level of alert. On Thursday, the WHO convened an emergency committee of experts…
Child’s monkeypox case raises alarm as WHO mulls declaring health emergency

Child’s monkeypox case raises alarm as WHO mulls declaring health emergency

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. The World Health Organization is currently reconsidering whether to declare the booming multinational monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), the agency's highest level of alert. The deliberations come as the global tally of monkeypox cases…
BA.5 skyrockets in US, now accounting for 78% of cases

BA.5 skyrockets in US, now accounting for 78% of cases

The omicron coronavirus subvariant BA.5 is hurtling toward complete domination in the US, now accounting for an estimated 78 percent of the country's cases—which are also on the rise. The breakneck takeover is stunning, with BA.5 showing a significant growth advantage over all other lineages and sublineages. In the US, that seems to include BA.4,…
Monkeypox outbreak spurs WHO to consider declaring international emergency

Monkeypox outbreak spurs WHO to consider declaring international emergency

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. The World Health Organization will convene its emergency committee of expert advisors Thursday, June 23, to consider whether it should declare the growing, multinational monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). As of Tuesday, June 14,…
Experts warn of continued monkeypox spread as hundreds of cases found worldwide

Experts warn of continued monkeypox spread as hundreds of cases found...

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. The multinational monkeypox outbreak continues to pose a low risk to the general public, and, for now, it seems unlikely that cases will mushroom into a global pandemic, according to the World Health Organization and the US Centers for…
450 cases, 11 dead worldwide in growing child hepatitis mystery

450 cases, 11 dead worldwide in growing child hepatitis mystery

Enlarge / Adenoviruses remain the leading suspect, though no cause has been identified. The global tally of unexplained hepatitis cases in children has reached about 450, including 11 reported deaths, according to an update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The cases come from more than two dozen countries around the world,…
Pandemic killed 15M people in first 2 years, WHO excess death study finds

Pandemic killed 15M people in first 2 years, WHO excess death...

Enlarge / A woman watches white flags on the National Mall on September 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Over 660,000 white flags were installed here to honor Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 epidemic. An estimated 14.91 million people worldwide died in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an…
Musk has “huge responsibility” to fight health misinfo on Twitter, WHO says

Musk has “huge responsibility” to fight health misinfo on Twitter, WHO...

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Enlarge / Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presents a vaccine production device during a meeting September 2, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. Musk met with vaccine-maker CureVac, with which Tesla has a cooperation to build devices for producing RNA vaccines. Elon Musk has a "huge responsibility" to combat dangerous, potentially life-threatening health misinformation on Twitter,…
Mysterious outbreak of hepatitis in children grows, first death reported

Mysterious outbreak of hepatitis in children grows, first death reported

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Enlarge / Liver lesions in patient with chronic active hepatitis C. At least one child has died of unexplained liver inflammation in a growing international outbreak of puzzling hepatitis cases in children, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak tally has reached more than 170 cases in 12 countries and is expected to continue…

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