‘Have I been vaccinated against polio?’ and other questions, answered

‘Have I been vaccinated against polio?’  and other questions, answered

This is what you need to know There have been no cases of polio in the US since 1979, according to the CDC. But cases have been brought to the country by travelers, and the last known case of polio in the US was discovered in 2013. Jill Foster, a pediatric infectious disease physician at … Read more

Why Calling Monkeypox an STD Is More Than Just a Label

CNN — A hallmark of the ongoing monkeypox outbreak is that most cases are related to sexual activity, and this has led to some debate over whether or not to describe the disease as a sexually transmitted disease. “Many infectious diseases, although we will classify them in one mode of transmission, have multiple transmission mechanisms,” … Read more

South Korea offers North ‘bold’ economic benefits for denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday offered “bold” economic aid to North Korea if it exits its nuclear weapons program, while avoiding harsh criticism of the north, days after it threatened “lethal” retaliation. for the COVID-19 outbreak it blames the South. In a speech celebrating the end of Japanese … Read more

WHO plans to rename Monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

LONDON — The World Health Organization says it is holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox after some critics expressed concerns that the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations. In a statement released Friday, the UN health agency said it has also renamed two families, or clades, of the virus, using … Read more

TPOXX is the only treatment for Monkeypox – if you can get it

By Alan Moses HealthDay Reporter (Health Day) WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) — What if a rare viral disease with the potential to cause excruciating pain was in fact treatable, but the only drug for that use was nearly impossible to get, despite being abundant? That is exactly the dilemma facing thousands of monkey … Read more

Only Lyme disease vaccine under development goes into phase 3 trials

CNN — Vaccine maker Pfizer says it has begun a Phase 3 clinical trial of its Lyme disease vaccine candidate with French vaccine company Valneva SE. The biotech companies are recruiting about 6,000 participants ages 5 and older at up to 50 locations in areas of Europe and the US where Lyme disease is endemic, … Read more

Climate change boosts most infectious diseases, new study finds

More than half of all human infectious diseases in recorded history — Lyme, West Nile, hantavirus, typhoid, HIV and influenza, to name a few — have been exacerbated by the mounting effects of greenhouse gas-induced climate change. That’s the sobering conclusion of a new, first-of-its-kind paper that searched more than 70,000 scientific studies to determine … Read more

Monkeypox Disproportionately Affects Black, Hispanic People, Latest CDC Breakdown Shows

CNN — A detailed analysis of monkeypox files released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers new insight into the outbreak, which is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men, especially those who are black and Hispanic. There were 2,891 cases of monkeypox reported in the United States as of … Read more

What is monkeypox and how can you stay safe as it spreads?

CNN — The Biden administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak in the US a public health emergency. “We are ready to take our response to the next level in tackling this virus, and we urge every American to take this virus seriously and take responsibility for helping us tackle this virus,” Secretary Xavier Becerra of … Read more