Health

The age of outbreaks: Experts warn of more animal disease threats

  by Daniel Lawler and Isabelle Tourne Agence France Presse With the spread of monkeypox across the world coming hot on the heels of Covid-19, there are fears that increasing outbreaks of diseases that jump from animals to humans could spark another pandemic. While such diseases — called zoonoses — have been around for millennia, they have become more common in recent decades due to deforestation, mass livestock cultivation, climate change and other human-induced upheavals […]

Brazil confirms its first monkeypox case

  BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil has confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a 41-year-old man who had traveled to Europe, the health ministry announced Thursday. Monkeypox is a rare disease generally confined to western and central Africa. It is related to but less severe than smallpox, causing a rash that spreads, fever, chills, and aches, among other symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already registered nearly 1,000 cases of the illness in […]

Monkeypox outbreak tops 1,000 cases, WHO warns of ‘real’ risk

The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic nations is real, the WHO warned Wednesday, with more than a thousand cases now confirmed in such countries. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the UN health agency was not recommending mass vaccination against the virus, and added that no deaths had been reported so far from the outbreaks. “The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries is real,” Tedros told a press conference. […]

WHO: 780 monkeypox outbreak cases

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization said Sunday that 780 laboratory-confirmed monkeypox cases had been reported to it from 27 non-endemic countries, while maintaining that the global risk level was moderate. The WHO said the 780 figure, for cases from May 13 to Thursday, was probably an underestimate due to limited epidemiological and laboratory information. “It is highly likely that other countries will identify cases and there will be further spread of the […]

More than 700 monkeypox cases globally, 21 in US: CDC

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday it was aware of more than 700 global cases of monkeypox, including 21 in the United States, with investigations now suggesting it is spreading inside the country. Sixteen of the first 17 cases were among people who identify as men who have sex with men, according to a new CDC report, and 14 were thought to be travel […]

Estimated 2 million have long Covid in UK: official data

  LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — An estimated two million people in the UK, which represents around three percent of the population, have reported experiencing so-called long Covid, official statistics showed Wednesday. Around 1.4 million of them said they first had Covid-19, or suspected they had the virus, at least 12 weeks previously, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It also found 826,000 of them first had coronavirus at least a year earlier, […]

Monkeypox cases could be ‘peak of iceberg’: WHO

  GENEVA, Switzzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization cautioned Friday that some 200 monkeypox cases found in recent weeks outside of countries where the virus usually circulates could be just the beginning. “We don’t know if we are just seeing the peak of the iceberg,” Sylvie Briand, WHO’s epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention chief, acknowledged in a briefing to countries on the “unusual” spread of the virus. Since Britain first reported a confirmed […]

More than 200 cases of monkeypox worldwide: EU disease agency

  STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) — The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide has reached 219 outside of countries where it is endemic, according to an update released by the European Union’s disease agency. More than a dozen countries where monkeypox is unusual, mostly in Europe, have reported at least one confirmed case, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in an epidemiological note released Wednesday night. “This is the first time […]

Czech Republic registers first monkeypox case

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AFP) — The Czech Republic has its first case of monkeypox, Pavel Dlouhy, head of the Czech Society for Infectious Diseases, told AFP on Tuesday. Dlouhy said the disease was detected in a man at Prague’s Military University Hospital but declined to give any details. “It was only a question of time, we have been expecting this for days,” Dlouhy added. Over the past few days, several European and North American countries […]

Switzerland reports first monkeypox case

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Swiss health officials on Saturday reported the country’s first case of monkeypox in a person living in the canton of Bern but who was exposed while abroad. Bern’s health authority said the patient had been treated as a walk-in case and was now isolating at home. Everyone who had come into contact with him had been informed, it added in a statement. “As far as we know, the person concerned […]

Israel reports monkeypox case as virus spreads to Middle East

  JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel confirmed its first case of monkeypox Saturday, joining several European and North American countries in detecting the disease endemic to parts of Africa. A spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital told AFP that a 30-year-old man, who recently returned from western Europe with monkeypox symptoms, had tested positive for the virus. On Friday, the health ministry said the man had been exposed to a person with monkeypox abroad, noting a […]

228 probable unexplained cases of child hepatitis: WHO

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — At least 228 probable cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in children have now been reported to the World Health Organization from 20 countries, the UN health agency said Tuesday, May 3. “As of May 1, at least 228 probable cases were reported to WHO from 20 countries, with over 50 additional cases under investigation,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. Most of the cases are from Europe […]