CDC Eyes Monkeypox Vaccine for Kids as Outbreak Spreads
U.S. health officials are looking to expand use of the monkeypox vaccine for children as the outbreak continues to spread across the U.S. and in countries around the world, with more than 3,300 cases reported globally. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing a protocol aimed at allowing use of Bavarian Nordic A/S’s Jynneos vaccine in children, if needed, according to documents prepared for a meeting of agency advisers that took place this week. The vaccine is currently cleared for use in adults and is considered safer than Emergent BioSolutions Inc.’s ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine, which c...
Source: TIME: Health - June 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madison Muller and Riley Griffin / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Disease healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

Spread of ‘free-range’ farming may raise risk of animal-borne pandemics – study
If we can ’t dramatically cut meat consumption then intensive ‘factory farming’ may be comparatively less risky, say authorsThe industrial farming of animals such as pigs, poultry and cattle to provide meat for hundreds of millions of people may reduce the risk of pandemics and the emergence of dangerous diseases includingSars, BSE, bird flu and Covid-19 compared with less-intensive farming, a major study by vets and ecologists has found.Despitereports from the UN and other bodies in the wake of Covid linking the intensive farming of livestock to the spread of zoonotic (animal-borne) diseases, the authors argue that ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 23, 2022 Category: Science Authors: John Vidal Tags: Farming Environment Animals Coronavirus Bird flu Infectious diseases Science Health Society UK news World news Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

Nearly 15% of People Worldwide Have Had Lyme Disease, Study Says
Lyme disease was first named nearly 50 years ago in Lyme, Connecticut, but the tick-borne disease is now found around the world. A new study published in BMJ Global Health estimates that 14.5% of the world’s population has, at some point, been infected with Lyme disease, which can cause short-term symptoms including a skin rash, fever, headache, and fatigue—as well as long-term ones, including damage to the joints, heart, and nervous system. The scourge also appears to be getting worse. Lyme prevalence has doubled from 2010 to 2021, compared to 2001 to 2010. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The stu...
Source: TIME: Health - June 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Disease healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

From ‘open-minded’ to ‘underwhelming,’ mixed reactions greet latest COVID-19 origin report
Some content has been removed for formatting reasons. Please view the original article for the best reading experience. “Further studies needed.” That’s the main message in a preliminary report released today by a scientific advisory group convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) to clarify the cloudy origin of COVID-19. But in stark distinction to a report from an earlier WHO committee, which drew controversy in 2021 by all but dismissing that SARS-CoV-2 might have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, this panel recommends more investigations into the lab-leak scenario possibility. “All...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

From ‘open minded’ to ‘underwhelming,’ mixed reactions greet latest COVID-19 origin report
Some content has been removed for formatting reasons. Please view the original article for the best reading experience. “Further studies needed.” That’s the main message in a preliminary report released today by a scientific advisory group convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) to clarify the cloudy origin of COVID-19. But in stark distinction to a report from an earlier WHO committee, which drew controversy in 2021 by all but dismissing that SARS-CoV-2 might have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, this panel recommends more investigations into the lab-leak scenario possibility. “All...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Monkeypox Outbreak - Nine States, May 2022
This report describes CDC's efforts in tracking and monitoring a monkeypox virus outbreak. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 9, 2022 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Monkeypox Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Outbreaks Zoonotic diseases Source Type: news

Concern grows that human monkeypox outbreak will establish virus in animals outside Africa
Some content has been removed for formatting reasons. Please view the original article for the best reading experience. Eleven days after being bitten by one of her pet prairie dogs, a 3-year-old girl in Wisconsin on 24 May 2003 became the first person outside of Africa to be diagnosed with monkeypox. Two months later, her parents and 69 other people in the United States had suspected or confirmed cases of this disease, which is caused by a relative of the much deadlier smallpox virus. The monkeypox virus is endemic in parts of Africa, and rodents imported from Ghana had apparently infected captive prairie dogs, Nort...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 8, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

EARLY RELEASE: Monkeypox Outbreak - Nine States, May 2022
This report describes CDC's efforts in tracking and monitoring a monkeypox virus outbreak. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 3, 2022 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Monkeypox Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Outbreaks Zoonotic diseases Source Type: news

Science Academies Call on G-7 Governments to Take Urgent Action to Accelerate Decarbonization, Develop Antiviral Drugs to Increase Pandemic Preparedness, Address Other Global Challenges
Science academies from the G-7 nations issued statements urging their governments to take action on four global challenges — developing antiviral drugs to prepare for future pandemics, speeding progress on decarbonization, protecting the oceans and sea ice, and implementing a One Health approach to zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 31, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Wild Meat Markets Pose Disease Risk to People, Laos Study Finds Wild Meat Markets Pose Disease Risk to People, Laos Study Finds
Zoonotic diseases can spill over to people from markets selling infected wild animal meat. Can we prevent these?Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Health officials raise awareness of monkeypox as cases spread
Concerns about the monkeypox virus continue to grow as Canadian authorities investigate that country's first case and New York City deals with a new case of the zoonotic disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emerging cases of monkeypox investigated
Child with lesions from monkeypox, courtesy CDC archive Scientists around the world are investigating multiple clusters of monkeypox cases in 12 countries, including one confirmed and one suspected case in the U.S., that have been reported. It's a viral zoonotic disease, meaning it is a virus transmitted to humans from animals but can also be transmitted person-to-person. "Monkeypox is in the same family of virus as smallpox, but it should not be confused with smallpox… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 20, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Projections for a Pandemic Future: in Whose Interest?
The World Health Assembly (22-28 May) is expected to discuss the pandemic treaty.Credit: World Health Organization (WHO)By Nicoletta DenticoROME, May 12 2022 (IPS) In what has been defined a historic consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, on 1st December 2021, the special session of the World Health Assembly agreed to kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, the decision marked ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nicoletta Dentico Tags: COVID-19 Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

‘Potentially devastating’: Climate crisis may fuel future pandemics
‘Zoonotic spillovers’ expected to rise with at least 15,000 instances of viruses leaping between species over next 50 yearsThere will be at least 15,000 instances of viruses leaping between species over the next 50 years, with the climate crisis helping fuel a “potentially devastating” spread of disease that will imperil animals and people and risk further pandemics, researchers have warned.As the planet heats up, many animal species will be forced to move into new areas to find suitable conditions. They will bring their parasites and pathogens with them, causing them to spread between species that haven ’t inter...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 28, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Milman Tags: Environment Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Warning: Climate Crisis Is Now the Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity
This year’s World Health Day launched a new warning: more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to “avoidable environmental causes”. Credit: BigstockBy Baher KamalMADRID, Apr 5 2022 (IPS) While the world’s top scientists and experts continue their arduous work to finally submit to politicians at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (7-18 November 2022), a new alert now emerges: the climate crisis has already become the single biggest health threat to humankind. But this new alert should be no surprise: it rather constitutes the logic, expected cons...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations World Health Day Source Type: news