WHO to Rename Monkeypox Virus to Prevent Stigma Associated with the Virus

WHO to Rename Monkeypox Virus to Prevent Stigma Associated with the Virus

On June 14, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it would rename the monkeypox virus after a group of scientists expressed the opinion that the name “monkeypox” is stigmatizing.1 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, said that the United Nations organization is working with partners and the scientific community around […]

CDC Distributing Monkeypox Vaccines Nationwide While Raising Monkeypox Travel Alert to Level 2

CDC Distributing Monkeypox Vaccines Nationwide While Raising Monkeypox Travel Alert to Level 2

On June 6, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its monkeypox travel alert to Level 2, warning Americans to “Practice Enhanced Precautions.”1 The agency stated that monkeypox cases have been rising in at least 29 countries, with 1,019 infections reported to date. Currently, the United States has confirmed 31 cases […]

More Monkeypox Cases Identified as Roche is Ready With PCR Tests

More Monkeypox Cases Identified as Roche is Ready With PCR Tests

There had been 584 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus in 26 countries as of May 31, 2022.1 The largest outbreak is in the United Kingdom where 190 people are infected with the virus, followed by Spain with 132 people infected, and Portugal with 100 people infected. Before this year, monkeypox in humans was thought to […]

Doc Who Caught Monkeypox Says He Got ‘Nasty’ Blisters

He’s one of the few Americans who has ever contracted monkeypox. I started feeling uncomfortable, feverish, nausea and lightheadedness. Almost like a flu coming on. If that sounds a lot like COVID, you’re right. But Dr. Kurt Zesky says he quickly broke out in painful, nasty blisters and sores all over his body. I also […]

Smallpox Vaccine Manufacturers See Big Stock Price Increases After Monkeypox Outbreaks Reported

Smallpox Vaccine Manufacturers See Big Stock Price Increases After Monkeypox Outbreaks Reported

On May 26, 2022, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials held a press briefing and announced there had been nine cases of monkeypox identified in seven U.S. states and that two licensed smallpox vaccines were in the national stockpile and ready to be distributed.1 The CDC’s director said, “The U.S. has the resources we […]

Monkeypox Cases in U.S. Coincide With Vaccine Purchases by BARDA

Monkeypox Cases in U.S. Coincide With Vaccine Purchases by BARDA

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on May 21, 2022 that more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox had been identified in 12 countries, including between one and five confirmed cases in the U.S.1 Most of the cases have occurred in Europe with higher numbers in Portugal, Spain and the U.K.  WHO officials […]