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    British health professionals are expecting a “significant rise” in monkeypox cases over the coming weeks, as a Western outbreak of the disease continues to confound them. Dr Claire Dewsnap, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), told Comcast-owned Sky News that there are “going to be more diagnoses over the next week.” Dewsnap said it was “hard to say” exactly how many there would be — Health Secretary Sajid Javid MP confirmed 20 in the United Kingdom so far on Friday, with ‘patient zero’ currently believed to be an individual who had travelled between the country and Nigeria — but she is most worried by the fact that there are “infections across Europe, so this has already spread.” “It’s already circulating in the general population. Getting on top of all those people’s contacts is a massive job,” she said, adding that Britain could be seeing “really significant numbers over the next two or three weeks” and then reiterating that she was “definitely expecting a significant rise over this next week” for good measure. On a more positive note, Professor...
    A New York City patient tested positive for a virus related to monkeypox as officials worldwide warn against the spread of the rare disease. The city health department, which was probing two possible infections, confirmed one patient tested positive for orthopoxvirus, the family of of viruses to which monkeypox belongs.  Doctors are treating the case as a presumed positive, with the patient being kept in isolation, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts tests to confirm a monkeypox diagnosis. NYC officials say the other possible monkeypox patient tested negative for the virus.  The health department is encouraging New Yorkers to wear face masks to protect against monkeypox, as well as other illnesses, such as COVID-19 and the flu. Monkeypox primarily spreads through physical contact but can also be transmitted through respiratory droplets in the air. Meanwhile, the CDC issued an alert Friday urging doctors and health departments to be 'vigilant' for cases of monkeypox amid increased global spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent 'unprecedented' outbreak after over 100 cases...
    Australian health officials on Friday reported their first confirmed case of monkeypox, diagnosed in a traveler who recently returned from Britain to Melbourne. A possible second case in a Sydney man who recently traveled to Europe is under observation. Kerry Chant, chief health officer of New South Wales, told reporters both cases were considered mild. The Melbourne man is reportedly in his 30s, while the Sydney patient is in his 40s. The patients and people they have been in close contact with were asked to isolate themselves at home. Chant said Australian health officials are implementing measures to “identify and manage any monkeypox cases including clinical alerts to doctors and hospitals.” “Cases are occasionally reported in non-endemic countries in returning travelers or their close contacts, or in owners of imported pets. People can contract monkeypox through very close contact with people who are infected with the virus. The infection is usually a mild illness and most people recover within a few weeks,” she said. Victoria Deputy Chief Health Officer Deborah Friedman suggested monkeypox testing for all travelers with relevant symptoms,...
    Appearing Friday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Pfizer board member and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the rise in monkeypox cases suggests the virus has spread “pretty wide,” but he predicted that it will not spark an epidemic akin to the coronavirus. A transcript is as follows: REBECCA QUICK: What the heck is Monkeypox and do we actually need to worry about this? DR. SCOTT GOTTLIEB: Now that there’s been community spread, it may be hard to snuff this out. I don’t think it will become a major epidemic because this is a virus that’s difficult to spread. You need sustained close contact or sustain contact with the open source, but there’s so many cases now that are disconnected. This is spreading in the community and there may be a lot more inflection than what we’re picking up. It has a long incubation period, upwards of 21 days. So there may be a lot of people incubating the virus and there’s probably a lot of people who went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because doctors aren’t looking for it. And given...
    Monkeypox is not nearly as contagious as COVID and is “not going to spread like wildfire,” infectious disease experts tell the Herald as health officials investigate  a group of rare monkeypox clusters and the first U.S. case this year, identified in Massachusetts. Because monkeypox is caused by a virus in the same family as smallpox, the smallpox vaccine can protect people from getting monkeypox, said William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University infectious diseases expert. Epidemiologists also believe that vaccination after a monkeypox exposure may help prevent the disease or make it less severe. “The smallpox vaccine does provide some degree of protection, or it can modify the illness to make it less severe,” Schaffner said. He added that it takes very close contact to spread monkeypox. “Comparing the transmission with COVID, it’s nothing, nothing like that,” he said. “This is not going to spread like wildfire.” The Massachusetts man who tested positive for the potentially serious viral illness had recently traveled to Canada, where health officials are investigating 17 cases. The man was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on May 12,...
    VIDEO3:3703:37Monkeypox could be difficult to extinguish, says Dr. Scott GottliebSquawk Box The rising number of monkeypox cases in the U.S. and Europe suggest the virus has already spread widely across communities, but it won't likely cause a major epidemic like Covid, Pfizer board member and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday.  “Now that there’s been community spread, it may be hard to fully snub this out. I don't think it's going to become a major epidemic because this is a virus that's difficult to spread,” the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said on “Squawk Box.” Monkeypox is a rare viral illness that begins with flu-like symptoms and the swelling of lymph nodes, eventually progressing to a rash on the body and face. Monkeypox spreads through open contact with the sores of a person infected, and has a long incubation period of 21 days or more, according to Gottlieb. He said this means many people may be incubating the virus since patients infected were likely undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.  Gottlieb’s remarks come two days after U.S. health officials...
    BRENTWOOD — A fire at a dog kennel facility late Thursday killed four dogs, authorities said. Fifteen dogs survived the blaze at the Derty Dog Canine Retreat and Fitness in the 6300 block of Brentwood Boulevard, near Sims Road, authorities said. Those dogs were in good condition, according to a statement from Brentwood police Lt. Mark Louwerens. The fire broke out about 10 p.m., when an air conditioning unit at one of the buildings caught fire, Louwerens said. The blaze than spread to the kennel building. Fire crews put out the blaze before it could spread to any of the other buildings on the property. Fire investigators have not said what caused the fire inside the air conditioner to spark. Police encouraged anyone with information on the blaze to contact the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District at 925-634-4000. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | Grass fire interrupts East Bay BART service Crashes and Disasters | Four held on suspicion of arson following cluster of Contra Costa County fires Crashes and Disasters | Firefighters contain...
    TWO faster-spread Omicron subvariants have been dubbed variants of concern in the UK. Only a small number of cases have been found so far, compared to original Omicron, but experts think it has the potential to spread quicker. 1Two new variants of concern have been revealed this afternoonCredit: Getty - Contributor Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 have a "growth advantage" over BA.2, the current dominant strain, according to UK Health Security Agency. Omicron has so far caused a milder illness, especially in the fully vaccinated. Most people who catch it recover at home after a few days of rest, with many experiencing mild or no symptoms. As of May 20, 115 cases of probable or confirmed BA.4 have been identified, with 67 in England, 41 in Scotland, six in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. Read more on CovidSNEEZY DOES IT The most common symptom people with Omicron have right now revealedSPOT THE SIGNS Doctors warn of new surprising Omicron symptom you must NOT ignore Some 80 cases of BA.5 have been identified, with 48 in England, 25 in Scotland, six in...
    An increase in the number of cases of monkeypox, a rare but potentially serious viral illness, in Europe and a single case in Massachusetts is attracting increased attention from health officials. While monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, it has been nowhere nearly as contagious as its better known cousin, nor is it anywhere nearly as contagious as the virus that causes COVID-19. Monkeypox is garnering increased attention because outbreaks and cases are showing up in areas where they don’t usually occur, raising questions about whether there’s an increased chance for human-to-human transmission. There are no known cases of monkeypox in Los Angeles County, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “We do want to reassure people, it’s really, really rare,” Ferrer said. But the county is monitoring for monkeypox cases, and will be issuing guidance to healthcare providers so they can report suspected monkeypox cases to the county. People should contact their healthcare providers if they notice an unusual rash or skin lesions that “generally start in one area, but pretty quickly spread over the...
    GO inside Khloe Kardashian's surprise birthday bash for nanny Andreza Cooper, which featured a breakfast spread and designer gifts. Andreza shared images and videos from her birthday party in a series of Instagram stories. 5Khloe Kardashian held a birthday bash for nanny Andreza CooperCredit: Instagram/Andreza Cooper 5Andreza said ' someone very special made me breakfast'Credit: Instagram/Andreza Cooper Khloe's nanny pointed the camera at the pink balloons before panning to the breakfast table. On the table, the plates had sugar-powdered wafflers, strawberries, and cereal.  True, four, smiled at the camera as she picked at her food with her fingers.  Andreza captioned the post: "And that's how I started my day. More KardashiansTMI! Kardashian fans shocked after Kourtney & Travis reveal unexpected sex life detail LOVE ON THE MOVE Kim & Pete 'may temporarily relocate to Australia' as romance gets serious "Someone very special made me breakfast." The Michael Bublé song, It's a Beautiful Day, played in the background.  In the next Story, True had her hand on top of the large fruit salad, which included grapes, oranges, blueberries, and peaches.  The Keeping...
    An image created during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1996 to 1997, shows the arms and torso of a patient with skin lesions due to monkeypox, in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022. CDC/Brian W.J. Mahy/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.CDC | Brian W.J. Mahy | Reuters Health authorities in Europe, the U.S. and Australia are investigating a recent outbreak of monkeypox cases, a rare viral disease typically confined to Africa. Germany on Friday reported its first case of the virus, becoming the latest European country to identify an outbreak alongside the U.K., Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Sweden. The U.S. and Australia this week also confirmed their first cases, as experts attempt to determine the root cause of the recent spike. While some cases have been linked to travel from Africa, more recent infections are thought to have spread in the community, raising the risks of a wider outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and infection...
    World Health Organization bosses will hold an emergency monkeypox amid growing fears about the international outbreak. Eleven countries have now detected the tropical virus, which is usually only spotted within Africa. Germany and Belgium today became the latest nations to declare monkeypox cases, while France and Australia announced patients had tested positive overnight. Experts on the UN agency are set to discuss the unusually high rates among gay and bisexual men, it was claimed today. The panelists, reported to include one of the WHO's most senior Covid advisers, will also deliberate how monkeypox vaccines should be dished out to control spiralling cases. Britain's monkeypox outbreak doubled in size today, as Sajid Javid revealed another 11 Britons had tested positive for the virus. The Health Secretary said that he had briefed 'G7 Health Ministers on what we know so far'. No details about the new eleven patients have been released yet.  But six of the previous nine confirmed cases were in men who have sex with men — which officials say is 'highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks'. Experts told MailOnline today...
    LONDON (AP) — As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease’s spread in the West. Cases of the smallpox-related disease haven’t previously been seen among people with no links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, U.S., Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn’t previously traveled to Africa. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia confirmed their first cases of monkeypox on Friday. “I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there are more countries infected,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist who formerly headed the Nigerian Academy of Science and who sits on several World Health Organization advisory boards. “This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West,” he said. One of the theories British health officials are exploring is whether the disease is being sexually transmitted. Health officials have asked doctors...
    CASES of monkeypox have doubled in the UK as health chiefs are set to announce a further 11 infections later today. Earlier this week it was confirmed that the latest infected Britons live in London and the South East. 1Officials are today set to announce that cases of monkey pox have doubledCredit: Reuters The official total of cases currently stands at nine, but The Times reported that medics will today reveal that another 11 infections have been identified. It's believed that the government has accepted that even more cases will be found over the coming days. It's thought that two new infections, which were detected yesterday, were picked up in the UK. Neither of the patients had travel links to countries where the virus is at an endemic stage. Read more monkeypox'DECISIVE ACTION' Stockpile of monkeypox vaccines boosted 5-FOLD amid fears of virus spreadSPOT CHECK Urgent warning over 2 key monkeypox symptoms as cases double and jabs stockpiled While monkeypox is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection, it can be passed on between direct contact from sex. Dr Susan Hopkins, Chief...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is investigating a possible monkeypox case.This is the last thing we want to hear, many of us suffering from 2020 PTSD.But monkeypox is harder to contract than COVID. It requires close contact or the sharing of bodily fluid.The symptoms include fever and rash, muscle aches, and chills.Worldwide it is deadly in 3 to 6% of cases.The death rate is less than 1% in areas with quality healthcare.This is the largest outbreak outside of Africa.One of the suspected cases here at Bellevue Hospital.This follows a confirmed case in Massachusetts.The virus is endemic in Central and West Africa and is rarely seen outside of the continent.Usually, the cases are related to travel, but many of the recent cases in Europe in North America are in people without recent travel, meaning the virus is spreading locally.Still, doctors say there is no need to worry, but instead be aware."It's primarily spread by very close contact. It can be spread through the air but unlike COVID which can spread over...
    The New York City health department is investigating a possible case of monkeypox in the Big Apple. The patient is currently being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, officials confirmed to NewsNation journalist Paul Gerke.  It is not clear if the patient has been formally diagnosed with the disease yet. DailyMail.com has contacted the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for more information.  Cases of the rare disease have now been confirmed in seven countries outside of Africa - with the United States, Italy and Sweden. Monkeypox is spread via physical touch, experts say, which would explain why it seems to have spread in the sexual network of gay and bisexual men in parts of Europe People who are infected with monkeypox often suffer from severe rashes, skin lesions and flu like symptoms. The virus kills around one-in-ten people it infects, though there is belief that the current strain making its way around the world has a mortality rate of one percent
    The far-left Washington Post’s eulogy for Joe Biden’s fascist “Disinformation Governance Board” is a stunning exercise in disinformation and self-debasement. Written by infamously neurotic crybully Taylor Lorenz (pictured, left), the article is either the work of an unstable paranoid, a shameless liar, or both… I don’t link to fake news, but here are the lowlights… The LOL headline reads: “How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts.” It then marches on for about 2,000 purple words with the lie that Biden’s Orwellian Ministry of Truth was the victim of a “textbook disinformation campaign” orchestrated by right-wingers. Nowhere though, does the Post provide any evidence of a coordinated campaign, and the Post’s lies of omission, most especially about Nina Jankowicz — the left-wing loon put in charge of the “Disinformation Governance Board” — are legion. Read these Post excerpts out loud in the dark with a flashlight under your chin: Experts say that right-wing disinformation and smear campaigns regularly follow the same playbook and that it’s crucial that the public and leaders of institutions, especially in the government, the...
    By The Associated Press PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated concerns about the risk of the war in Ukraine spreading to surrounding countries, as he hosted the president of Moldova, Ukraine’s neighbor. Macron said Thursday that “a spread of the conflict to neighboring countries cannot be excluded” pointing to “recent incidents” in the Transnistria region of Moldova, where Russian troops are already stationed and where there have been explosions. “France remains particularly alert to the security situation in the region,” the French leader said. He praised Moldova’s help for refugees from Ukraine. The small, Western-leaning former Soviet republic is coping with an influx of refugees. Macron appealed to European leaders to give a rapid initial response to Moldova’s application to join the European Union. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — Red Cross registers hundreds of Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol — Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol — Explainer: What will happen to the 100s of Ukraininan soldiers from Mariupol? — UN chief ‘hopeful’ of Ukraine grain deal to help food crisis — Russia-Ukraine war...
    As Ukrainians flooded into Poland earlier this year to flee Russian invaders, a hacking group aligned with the Kremlin sought to spread rumors that criminal gangs were waiting to harvest the organs of child refugees. The network, known to cybersecurity experts as Ghostwriter, seemingly aimed to sow distrust between Ukraine and Poland. It’s one of several tactics outlined in a new report that outlines how Russia has used disinformation, fear and propaganda alongside bullets, tanks and soldiers in an effort to demoralize Ukraine and divide its allies. The unfounded claim made its way into Russian-state media and online platforms popular with far-right groups in the U.S., where posts spreading the hoax have been shared many thousands of times on sites like Telegram and Twitter. The disinformation operation exploited legitimate concerns that Ukrainian refugees could be kidnapped by human traffickers, but no evidence of organ harvesting has surfaced. “Ghostwriter operations will often piggyback on news stories or recent events,” said Alden Wahlstrom, a senior analyst at Mandiant, the cyber security firm that published the report Thursday. “There are certain motives that...
    We start today with Robin Givhan of The Washington Post. Over the years, every resident of this country has learned that no setting is off limits to a mass shooting. When it happens, people utter the platitude about never thinking that such violence could happen in their own community. It’s hard not to wonder whether they are blind optimists or fools because the evidence makes it plain that such things could happen anywhere and everywhere. No place is safe. No place is sacred. Anything passes for a shooting range. The schools haven’t been safe for a long time and no matter how many children are killed in their classrooms, this country does nothing to try to quell the violence. The churches, synagogues and mosques aren’t off limits. On Sunday, a man walked into Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif., and shot congregants as they were eating lunch. He killed one person and injured five others; most of the victims were of Taiwanese descent. We can’t watch a movie without fear, get tipsy at a house party, window shop at the mall, hunt for...