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LONDON — The World Health Organization says it’s holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations. In a statement Friday, the U.N. health agency said it has also renamed two families, or clades, of the virus, using Roman numerals instead of geographic areas, to avoid stigmatization. The version of the disease formerly known as the Congo Basin will now be known as Clade one or I and the West Africa clade will be known as Clade two or II. WHO said the decision was made following a meeting of scientists this week and in line with current best practices for naming diseases, which aims to “avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and minimize any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare.”Numerous other diseases, including Japanese encephalitis, Marburg virus, Spanish influenza and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome have been named after the geographic areas where they first arose or were identified. WHO has not publicly suggested changing any of those names.
Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO Locations: Congo, West Africa, Marburg
Some people are finding ways to lower out-of-pocket therapy costs by reducing the frequency of their sessions to once a month from three to four. What's more: even people whose therapy sessions are covered in part by insurance worry that they will struggle to afford it long-term. Over 60% of participants, including those with insurance, report that they pay out-of-pocket therapy costs, with a total average of $178 each month. A new survey from CVS Health and Morning Consult found that 59% of U.S. adults reported having concerns about their own mental health or the mental health of friends or family. Lack of mental health care may affect work productivity, relationships, family dynamics and could increase chronic health conditions, Morin tells CNBC Make It.
Persons: Amy Morin, eldercare, Morin Organizations: Verywell, Insurance, Health, World Health Organization, CVS Health, CNBC Locations: U.S
New York (CNN) Thousands of mental health therapists at the country's largest non-profit HMO are poised to strike this week, holding daily picket lines and rallies outside Kaiser Facilities throughout California. the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents 16,000 workers in California and Hawaii, said. Kaiser staffs about one full-time mental health clinician for every 2,600 members, leading to therapists leaving Kaiser at a record rate , the union said. The strike comes as the country experiences a surge in mental health issues. And a pediatrics group last year declared that mental health challenges among children during the Covid-19 pandemic had become a " national emergency ."
Persons: Kaiser, Sal Rosselli Organizations: CNN, Permanente, National Union of Healthcare Workers, World Health Organization Locations: York, Kaiser, California, Hawaii
The looming recession is breeding a resurgence of hustle culture, experts said. But hustle culture will look different in 2022 from how it did in previous years. Here's how hustle culture is changing and what employers should keep in mind. Today, the looming recession and economic uncertainty are breeding a resurgence of this work-hard hustle culture, Jazaieri said. But in 2022, hustle culture will look different from how it did in previous years, experts told Insider.
Persons: Kim Kardashian, Molly, Mae Hague —, Hooria Jazaieri, University's, Jazaieri, doesn't, Phill Brown, Brown, Dana, Dana's, you'll Organizations: Santa, University's Leavey School of Business ., World Health Organization Locations: Seattle
Monkeypox spread may be slowing in Canada, health official says
  + stars: | 2022-08-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
A monkeypox vaccination clinic run by CIUSSS public health authorities is seen in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 6, 2022. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File PhotoOTTAWA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - There are early signs that the spread of monkeypox infections are starting to slow down in Canada, but it was "too soon to tell" whether cases had plateaued, chief public health officer Theresa Tam said on Friday. Last month, the WHO declared monkeypox a "public health emergency of international concern," seeking to trigger a coordinated international response and unlock funding to collaborate on vaccines and treatments. Canada has said it is in a good position to handle the outbreak thanks to stored vaccines for smallpox, which is closely related monkeypox. Canada had recorded 1,059 cases of monkeypox by Wednesday.
Persons: Christinne, Theresa Tam, Tam, monkeypox, Ismail Shakil, Aurora Ellis Organizations: REUTERS, OTTAWA, World Health Organization, WHO, Wednesday, Public, Thomson Locations: Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Bavarian, Canadian, Ottawa
More than 31,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported globally since January 1, more than 10,000 of them in the United States . According to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization, there have been two monkeypox deaths in Spain, one in Brazil, one in Ecuador and one in India -- all so-called nonendemic countries . Lewis says WHO has asked every country for more information on the circumstances surrounding any monkeypox deaths. Before they got monkeypox, they were healthy, with no underlying risk factors for severe diseasesuch as a weakened immune system. The severity of monkeypox disease probably depends on a person's underlying health, the health-care resources they have access to and the strain of the virus they're infected with.
Persons: hae, Rosamund Lewis, Lewis, Isabel Jado, Andrea McCollum, McCollum, Dr, Sanjay Gupta Organizations: CNN, World Health Organization, WHO, Spain's National Institute for Microbiology, US Centers for Disease Control, monkeypox, CNN Health Locations: Africa, United States, Spain, Brazil, Ecuador, India, comas, West Africa, Congo, Nigeria
"A lot of us buy a new iPhone every September, and you get new apps and you get refreshed apps. And that's exactly the same idea, which is you'll get Covid and flu and RSV [ respiratory syncytial virus ] in your single dose." Members of the public waiting in line at a vaccination facility administering the Moderna Covid-19 shot in Taipei, Taiwan in April. As the world first dealt with the onset of Covid-19, Moderna was one of the handful of large manufacturers that rushed to get their vaccines ready, reducing timelines from years to months. The reversal led to huge losses for the company, which had bought new machines to fulfill those orders, and more importantly, resulted in Covid vaccines being thrown in the trash, said Bancel.
Persons: Stéphane Bancel, Bancel, Pfizer PFE Organizations: CNN, Moderna, CNN Business, World Health Organization, Pfizer Locations: Japan, Covid, Singapore, Hong Kong, Denmark, Netherlands, Taipei, Taiwan, Asia, United Kingdom South Korea, Australia, Southeast Asia, North Asia, Covax
Spain asks EMA to allow 'dose-sparing' for monkeypox vaccine
  + stars: | 2022-08-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Susana VeraMADRID, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Spain has asked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for permission to give more people a smaller dose of monkeypox vaccine, an approach known as "dose-sparing" to distribute limited supplies as far as possible, the health ministry said. The country has the world's second-largest number of monkeypox infections outside the areas where it is endemic. Supplies of Jynneos, the only vaccine approved for the prevention of monkeypox, produced by Denmark-headquartered drugmaker Bavarian Nordic (BAVA.CO), are scarce. The dose-sparing approach has been tried with other vaccines, but evidence is limited on whether it could work for monkeypox. More than 30,000 cases and 12 deaths have been reported worldwide after the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency on July 24.
Persons: Susana Vera MADRID, Christina Thykjaer, Andrei Khalip, Barbara Lewis Organizations: La Paz Hospital, REUTERS, European Medicines Agency, Health Ministry, Supplies, Jynneos, European Union, monkeypox, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: Madrid, Spain, United States, Denmark, Bavarian
Monkeys are not to blame for the monkeypox outbreak that has triggered health alerts, including a national health emergency in the United States, as the viral disease has continued to spread, the World Health Organization said this week after reports of attacks against the animals in Brazil. At least 10 monkeys were rescued last week in São José do Rio Preto in the Brazilian state of São Paulo after the authorities found signs they had been attacked or poisoned, out of fear of monkeypox transmission, according to the G1 news site in that country. Seven of the monkeys later died. The police in São Paulo are investigating those cases and said the mistreatment of animals could be punishable by three months to one year in jail.
Persons: São Paulo Organizations: World Health Organization Locations: United States, Brazil, São, Rio Preto, Brazilian
The World Health Organization is urging the public not to attack monkeys amid the monkeypox outbreak, following reports that primates have been poisoned and killed in Brazil. The Environmental Military Police in Brazil believe the poisonings were perpetrated by people, out of a fear of monkeypox, G1 reported. He told G1 that cases of stoning, persecution and poisoning of monkeys have been recorded in several places in Brazil as monkeypox cases have risen. Monkeypox is not primarily transmitted by monkeys; rather, until the current outbreak, the virus was most commonly found in and spread by rodents. In the current outbreak, cases of monkeypox outside the 11 African countries where the disease is endemic began to be reported in early May.
Persons: Margaret Harris, São Paolo, monkeypox, Harris, Dener Giovanini, Giovanini, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Environmental Military Police, Civil Police, Centers for Disease Control, National Network to Combat, NBC News, CDC Locations: Brazil, Geneva, São, Rio Preto, Denmark, U.S
SHANGHAI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - About 66,000 people in Southeast Asia are infected each year with SARS-related coronaviruses, and nearly 500 million people live near habitats where bat hosts of those viruses are found, according to a study released on Wednesday. The researchers focused on 26 species of bat known to host SARS-like coronaviruses in a region of 5.1 million square kilometres (2 million square miles), stretching from China to Southeast and South Asia. They then incorporated data on antibody levels among people who have reported bat contact. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterSouthern China, northeastern Myanmar, Laos and northern Vietnam were identified as the regions with the highest diversity of bat species that host SARS-like coronaviruses (SARSr-CoVs). Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by David Stanway; Editing by Miyoung Kim and Gerry DoyleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Peter Daszak, David Stanway, Miyoung Kim, Gerry Doyle Organizations: Nature Communications, Reuters.com Register, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: SHANGHAI, Southeast Asia, China, Southeast, South Asia, Reuters.com Register Southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Wuhan
A person receives a dose of the Jynneos vaccine at Spallanzani Hospital, as vaccinations against monkeypox began in Rome, Italy, August 8, 2022. Spallanzani Hospital/Handout via REUTERSLONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Health officials in Europe are discussing whether to follow a move by the United States to stretch out scarce monkeypox vaccine supplies, with the World Health Organization calling for more data. There have been 27,800 monkeypox cases - largely among men who have sex with men - and 12 deaths worldwide this year. read moreThis so-called 'dose-sparing' approach has been tried before with other vaccines, including for polio and yellow fever, but evidence is limited on whether it could work for monkeypox. Adam Finn, a professor from the University of Bristol who is working with WHO Europe to provide advice on monkeypox immunization campaigns, said it "makes sense" to assess the dose-sparing approach "as vaccine stock-outs are a very real potential worry with the monkeypox epidemic."
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The British drugmaker had already cut its agreed deliveries by 10 million a year for the period 2022-2028, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said. Gavi said that as well as the drop in Rotarix supplies in 2022, there will also be delays in delivery. It's a really unfortunate time," Andrew Jones, chief of the vaccine centre at UNICEF's supply division, said about the rotavirus shortage. UNICEF works with Gavi to help supply rotavirus vaccines to poorer countries, alongside national governments. Gavi said there were also delays with another rotavirus vaccine, Rotavac, manufactured by Bharat Biotech, which were related to "regulatory procedures", although the problem is not as significant.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, British drugmaker, Gavi, immunizations, It's, Andrew Jones ,, Jennifer Rigby, Natalie Grover, Alexander Smith Organizations: UNICEF, REUTERS, Denis Balibouse LONDON, Reuters, GSK, World Health Organization, Reuters.com, British, Vaccine Alliance, United Nations, Bharat Biotech, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Cameroon, Gavi, United
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Argentines mired in their country's latest economic meltdown are experiencing a growing sense of hopelessness, according to a landmark mental health study that points to boom times for at least one profession: psychologists. Beset by soaring inflation that depresses livelihoods as the peso currency steadily declines, the dysfunctional economy is wreaking havoc on the population's state of mind as well as its wallets. According to pre-pandemic data from the World Health Organization, Argentina had 222 psychologists per 100,000 residents, compared with 49 in France and 30 in the United States. "The constant cycle of crisis has filled up so many doctor's offices," said Gustavo Gonzalez, head of the UBA's applied psychology department. "Things are bad, and in some ways, worse in terms of mental health."
Persons: Gustavo Gonzalez, Alberto Fernandez, Sergio Massa, UBA's Gonzalez, Lucila Sigal, Belen Liotti, David Alire Garcia, John Stonestreet Organizations: World Health Organization, Argentine, Thomson Locations: BUENOS AIRES, population's, Buenos Aires, Argentina, France, United States
A pharmacist prepares a dose of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in West Hollywood, Calif. on Aug. 3. Though monkeypox started spreading in May, the U.S. didn’t order more Jynneos doses to add to its stockpile until June. 'You’re trying something experimental'Intradermal injections aren’t common in the U.S."Administering a vaccine intradermally is a little bit more technically challenging," Moss said. People wait in line for the monkeypox vaccine at the Balboa Sports Center in Los Angeles on Jul. The 2015 study found that 36% people who got the Jynneos vaccine intradermally had mild skin discoloration at the injection site for six months or more.
Persons: Robert Califf, monkeypox, Xavier Becerra, William Moss, Dawn O’Connell, Arthur Caplan, Caplan, Mario Tama, Moss, Rochelle Walensky, Biden, We’ve, , Robyn Beck Organizations: Drug Administration, FDA, Human Services, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, HHS, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control, White, World Health Organization, Balboa Sports Center, Getty Locations: West Hollywood, Calif, U.S, Cities, Denmark, Africa, United States, Los Angeles
A vial of the Jynneos vaccine is seen at Spallanzani hospital, as vaccinations against monkeypox began in Rome, Italy, August 8, 2022. Spallanzani Hospital/Handout via REUTERSAug 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. drug regulator on Tuesday authorized Bavarian Nordic's (BAVA.CO) Jynneos vaccine for emergency use through intradermal injection in individuals aged 18 years and older who are determined to be at high risk of monkeypox infection. It also allows individuals younger than 18 years to receive the vaccine by subcutaneous injection if they are determined to be at high risk of monkeypox infection. The United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency last week, in an effort to bolster its response to contain the outbreak. read moreLast month, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global public health emergency.
Persons: monkeypox, Robert Califf, Ankur Banerjee, Aditya Soni Organizations: Spallanzani, Handout, REUTERS, Bavarian, Food and Drug Administration, Biden, FDA, United, World Health Organization, Reuters, Financial Times, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy, U.S, United States, Bengaluru
FILE PHOTO: Gilead Sciences Inc pharmaceutical company LOGO is seen in Oceanside, California, U.S., April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo/File PhotoAug 9 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) plans to announce on Tuesday that it will provide up to $5 million in grants to help a coalition of LGBTQ+ and human rights advocacy groups craft public health responses to monkeypox outbreaks, the company said. The World Health Organization and the United States have declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The company said it is also evaluating whether any of its treatments or experimental drug candidates could be effective against monkeypox. Already stretched thin by COVID-19, these groups may otherwise need to delay patients' usual care during monkeypox outbreaks, said Gilead spokesperson Korab Zuka.
Persons: Mike Blake, Rich Ferraro, we'll, Torrian Baskerville, Korab, Nancy Lapid, Michele Gershberg, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Gilead Sciences Inc, REUTERS, Gilead Sciences, World Health Organization, Rights, GLAAD, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights, monkeypox, Health Equity, HRC, National Minority AIDS Coalition, Gilead, Thomson Locations: Oceanside , California, U.S, Africa, United, Gilead
The FDA authorization comes after the United States and the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency to bolster the response against the outbreak. Under its original approval it was to be administered beneath the skin beneath the skin, or subcutaneously, as two doses. Two doses of the vaccine given four weeks apart will still be needed with the intradermal method, the agency said. The FDA approval also allows people under 18 years to receive the vaccine by subcutaneous injection if they are determined to be at high risk of monkeypox infection. So far, the administration has made more than 1.1 million vaccine doses available to order and has shipped more than 620,000 doses, said Becerra.
Persons: Jynneos, monkeypox, Human Services Xavier Becerra, Rochelle Walensky, Becerra, Dawn O'Connell, Ahmed Aboulenein, Ankur Banerjee, Rami Ayyub, Aditya Soni, Josie Kao Organizations: U.S . Food, Drug Administration, FDA, Bavarian, World Health Organization, Reuters, Spallanzani, Handout, REUTERS Read, Health, Human Services, U.S . Centers of Disease Control, Department of Health, Financial Times, Thomson Locations: U.S, United States, Rome, Italy, Washington, Bengaluru
Novavax said it now expects 2022 total revenue in the range of $2 billion to $2.3 billion, compared with its prior forecast of $4 billion to $5 billion. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterHowever, only 7,381 Novavax vaccine doses have been administered so far in the country, according to the latest government data. The comments come as buyers, including COVAX and the European Union, ask manufacturers to delay or cut deliveries of shots with supply outpacing demand. Last week, Moderna also saw a hit from canceled orders from low- and middle-income nations through the COVAX program. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Amruta Khandekar; Editing by Maju SamuelOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Novavax, Stanley Erck, Amruta Khandekar, Maju Samuel Organizations: REUTERS, Pfizer, Moderna, World Health Organization, European Union, Thomson Locations: United States, U.S, Europe
A widely shared social media post likening the current monkeypox outbreak to biblical-era leprosy outbreaks has some users confused, others amused. The post says but does not provide any evidence that monkeypox, a viral disease, and leprosy, a bacterial infection, are actually the same illness. Mmmmkay” as well as “Amen!” and “Plagues coming in the last days.” Another user writes, “Leprosy is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae, not the monkeypox virus. )”Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is indeed caused by Mycobacterium leprae, a bacterium in the same family as the tuberculosis bacterium. An analogy focused on the fact that bacterial leprosy and viral monkeypox can both be transmitted from animals to humans could be misunderstood to suggest they are the same illness, which they are not.
Persons: NOAH, emoji, Mycobacterium leprae, Read Organizations: Facebook, Microbiology Society, Democratic, World Health Organization, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Reuters Locations: Americas, Democratic Republic of Congo
Italy kicks off vaccination campaign against monkeypox
  + stars: | 2022-08-08 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
A person receives a dose of the Jynneos vaccine at Spallanzani Hospital, as vaccinations against monkeypox began in Rome, Italy, August 8, 2022. Spallanzani Hospital/Handout via REUTERSROME, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Italy opened its vaccination campaign against monkeypox on Monday, as case numbers have increased at a time when health authorities are reporting vaccine shortages worldwide. Italy has reported 545 cases of monkeypox, according to the health ministry. The first doses will be given at the Spallanzani hospital in Rome, the hospital said in a statement. The region of Lazio surrounding Rome received 1,200 doses of the vaccine, while Lombardy received 2,000, Emilia-Romagna received 600 and Veneto surrounding Venice received 400.
Persons: monkeypox, Emily Roe, Emilio Parodi, David Evans Organizations: Spallanzani Hospital, Spallanzani, Handout, REUTERS, monkeypox, Bavarian Nordic, European Medicines Agency, Reuters, World Health Organization, Hospital, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy, REUTERS ROME, United States, Britain, Spain, Milan, Monkeypox, Lazio, Lombardy, Emilia, Romagna, Veneto, Venice
Monkeypox is a rare disease that's usually found in Central and West Africa. The US suffered its first monkeypox outbreak in 2003. By late July, the monkeypox outbreak had spread to over 70 countries, and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency. In August, the US declared the outbreak a public health emergency, allowing the White House to utilize emergency funds to fast-track testing and treatments. Here's how the United States dealt with its first-ever monkeypox outbreak in 2003.
Organizations: WHO, US, World Health Organization Locations: Central, West Africa, Europe, North America, Monkeypox, United States
REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File PhotoCHICAGO, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency last week, an effort to bolster the U.S. response to contain the outbreak. Monkeypox is spread by contact with puss-filled sores and is rarely fatal. Last month, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global public health emergency. So far, 80 countries where the virus is not endemic have reported 26,500 cases of monkeypox, according to a Reuters tally. Gounder said some theaters in New York, for example, are considering how they might protect their workers from possible monkeypox infections through contact with shared costumes.
Persons: Eduardo Munoz, monkeypox, Celine Gounder, Jay Varma, Gregg Gonsalves, Gounder, We're, Julie Steenhuysen, Caroline Humer, Josie Kao Organizations: Immediate, Cherry Grove, REUTERS, United, Reuters.com, WHO, World Health Organization, Reuters, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Kaiser Health News, Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention, Yale University, Wrestling, CDC, Employers, Thomson Locations: Cherry, New York, U.S, United States, monkeypox, Africa, South
The CDC also has not designated monkeypox a virus that spreads by “airborne” transmission. Transmission is mainly by skin-to-skin contact, and “direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox,” according to CDC. “Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox,” can also transmit the virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the larger viral family known as poxviridae, and the subgroup, or genus, known as poxviruses, with 12 species, including smallpox, cowpox, and the vaccinia virus used in vaccines (here). BBC News did not create the shared graphic, CDC has not categorized monkeypox as “airborne,” the virus and the illness it causes are not “a form of herpes,” and monkeypox infection is not associated with paralysis.
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LONDON — British health authorities said Friday the monkeypox outbreak across the country may be peaking and that the epidemic’s growth rate has slowed. The U.K.’s Health Security Agency said in a statement there were “early signs that the outbreak is plateauing,” with 2,859 cases detected since May. She said anyone who thought they might have monkeypox should skip meeting friends, social gatherings and avoid sexual contact. Last month, the U.K. downgraded its assessment of the monkeypox outbreak and dropped a recommendation for the contacts of monkeypox cases to isolate for three weeks unless they have symptoms. On Thursday, the U.S. declared its outbreak of monkeypox to be a national emergency, WHO designated it a global emergency last month.
Persons: , Meera Chand, monkeypox, Organizations: LONDON, Health Security Agency, World Health Organization, U.S, WHO Locations: London, monkeypox, Africa, North America, Europe, Spain, Belgium
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