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Ohio health leaders warn the cases of monkeypox are increasing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health says cases of monkeypox are increasing rapidly in August, especially in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. The jump in cases comes after Ohio reported its first case of monkeypox in June and few cases in July. “As of Wednesday, we have reported 75 cases to… Read More

An image from an electron microscope of the monkeypox virus (orange) on infected cells (green).

COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox across the San Francisco Bay Area and some other U.S. communities. Before the COVID pandemic, wastewater sludge was thought to hold… Read More

Health workers sit at a check-in table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on August 3, 2022 in West Hollywood, California.

White House declares monkeypox a public health emergency

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The White House today declared monkeypox a public health emergency. “We are prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said to reporters during a briefing on Thursday. A public… Read More

A doctor administers a dose of the monkeypox vaccine on Saturday in London

The WHO declares monkeypox a public health emergency

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Updated July 23, 2022 at 11:15 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. “I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Issuing a Public Health Emergency of International… Read More

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West Virginia announces the first probable case of monkeypox in the state

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first probable case of monkeypox has been announced in West Virginia. The state Department of Health and Human Resources says the case involves a resident of Berkeley County in the Eastern Panhandle. No additional information was released. Monkeypox belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, but its symptoms are… Read More

Lab testing for virus

The first probable case of monkeypox is reported in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There is now one probable case of monkeypox in the Buckeye State. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the agency has identified a probable case of monkeypox and is waiting for confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But unlike COVID-19, Vanderhoff said… Read More