Explainer: Why has polio been found in London, New York and Jerusalem, and how dangerous is it?

Explainer: Why has polio been found in London, New York and Jerusalem, and how dangerous is it?

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Polio, a deadly disease that used to paralyze tens of thousands of children every year, is spreading in London, New York and Jerusalem for the first time in decades, spurring catch-up vaccination campaigns. read more DREADED DISEASE Polio terrified parents around the world for the first half of the 20th … Read more

Zimbabwe blames measles surge on sect gatherings after 80 children die

Zimbabwe blames measles surge on sect gatherings after 80 children die

A child receives a vaccination against measles during a campaign in Juba, South Sudan February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Samir Bol/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HARARE, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A measles outbreak has killed 80 children in Zimbabwe since April, the ministry of health has said, blaming church sect gatherings … Read more

Explainer: Monkeypox in the US: Where could it spread next?

Explainer: Monkeypox in the US: Where could it spread next?

A person arrives to receive a monkeypox vaccination at the Northwell Health Immediate Care Center at Fire Island-Cherry Grove, in New York, US, July 15, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register CHICAGO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency last week, an … Read more

Kansas votes to preserve abortion rights in first post-Roe v. Wade election test

Kansas votes to preserve abortion rights in first post-Roe v.  Wade election test

Aug 2 (Reuters) – Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected an effort to remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution, a resounding win for the abortion rights movement in the first statewide electoral test since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The amendment’s failure in the conservative state lifted Democrats’ hopes that the issue … Read more

Polio found in New York wastewater as state urges vaccinations

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, drawing condemnation

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The polio virus was present in wastewater in a New York City suburb a month before health officials there announced a confirmed case of the disease last month, state health officials said on Monday, urging residents to be sure they have been vaccinated. The discovery of the disease from wastewater … Read more

‘Living with COVID’: Where the pandemic could go next

'Living with COVID': Where the pandemic could go next

LONDON/CHICAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – As the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists are warning weary governments and populations alike to brace for more waves of COVID-19. In the United States alone, there could be up to a million infections a day this winter, Chris Murray, head of the … Read more

China’s factory activity contracts unexpectedly in July as COVID flares up

China's factory activity contracts unexpectedly in July as COVID flares up

Employees work on the production line of vehicle components during a government-organized media tour to a factory of German engineering group Voith, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register China July official manufacturing PMI below forecast July official services … Read more

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday in what the White House doctor described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients who take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Biden, 79, who emerged from COVID isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on July 21, … Read more

If you are high risk, do not wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

If you are high risk, do not wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) – People at high risk of severe disease who have yet to get a second COVID-19 booster should not wait for next-generation, Omicron-targeted vaccines expected in the fall, five vaccine experts told Reuters. In many countries, including the United States, the BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the virus is surging, but current … Read more

Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant; virus spike protein toxic to heart cells

Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant;  virus spike protein toxic to heart cells

A medical worker administers a dose of the “Cominarty” Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a patient at a vaccination center in Ancenis-Saint-Gereon, France, November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo /File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 28 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on … Read more