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Polio outbreak leads to state of emergency in New York

New York Governor Kathy Hochul  declared a state of emergency on Friday over a growing polio outbreak, in an effort to better equip health care providers with tools to curb the spread of the sometimes disabling virus before it takes further hold in the state. www.nytimes.com/2022/09/09/nyregion/new-york-polio-state-of-emergency.html? The order allows emergency service workers, midwives and pharmacists to …

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The UK becomes the first country to approve a dual-strain COVID-19 booster; The latest health stories from around the world

Last week the United Kingdom became the first country to approve an updated COVID-19 booster directed at two different strains of the coronavirus. The “bivalent” booster, made by Moderna, will have the same dose of messenger RNA as the company’s prior boosters but will target both the original version of the coronavirus and the first …

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Smallpox vaccine used to combat monkeypox; The latest health stories from around the world

When monkeypox suddenly started spreading globally in May, the world was fortunate in one respect: A vaccine was available. MVA, originally developed by Bavarian Nordic as a smallpox vaccine, was already licensed for monkeypox in Canada and the United States (US). European Union (EU) regulators have since followed suit. Vaccine supplies are limited, and no …

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US declares monkeypox a public health emergency; The latest health stories from around the world

The Biden administration in the United States (US) has declared monkeypox a public health emergency.  There have been more than 7,000 cases detected in the US, but that is likely an undercount. The majority of cases are concentrated in the gay and queer community, primarily among men who have sex with men. But the Centers …

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Monkeypox officially declared a global emergency by WHO; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency for the second time in two years. This time the cause is monkeypox, which has spread in just a few weeks to 74 countries. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/23/health/monkeypox-pandemic-who.htmlDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, on Saturday overruled a panel of advisers, who could not come to a …

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Monkeypox declared public health emergency of international concern; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) opted against calling the recent monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The outbreak is “clearly an evolving threat,” the WHO said in a statement Saturday, though it doesn’t constitute an international public health emergency “at this moment.” An emergency committee convened on Thursday to discuss the outbreak. …

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