Media reports about an outbreak of monkeypox may sound scary, but there's no need for most people to take special steps to avoid getting the viral illness, an infectious disease expert says.
Normal precautions recommended to prevent other diseases are sufficient, according to Dr. David Cennimo, an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rut...
An emergency committee of independent experts will meet next week to determine whether the growing monkeypox outbreak that's spread to dozens of countries should be declared an international health emergency, the World Health Organization
By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
After adding, and then deleting, a recommendation that U.S. travelers wear masks to protect themselves from monkeypox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still says that those traveling to countries where the disease is spreading and “other people who may be in close contact with a person who has been confirmed with monkeypox" should consider wearing masks.
Up until recently monkeypox infection outside of Africa was rare, but a look back at seven cases occurring in Britain over the past few years gives hints at what drugs work to fight the disease -- and which don’t.
The need to better understand treatments for monkeypox became more urgent this month when more than a hundred new cases were recorded across Europe and North America.
At a Monday media briefing, U.S. public health officials said they are tracking a handful of travel-related monkeypox cases that have been reported across the country.
Anyone can catch monkeypox, but at this time it appears to be "circulating globally in some parts of the gay community," Dr. John Brooks, a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's...
A worrisome international outbreak of monkeypox, a less harmful cousin of the smallpox virus, has now reached the United States and Canada. As of Saturday, 92 confirmed cases of the illness, and 28 more suspected cases, have been reported across 12 countries, according to the World Health Organizati...
COVID-19 might be easing into a new status as a widely circulating and somewhat harsher version of the common cold, experts say — a virus that folks could contract repeatedly, even if they were recently infected.
"[SARS-CoV-2] is destined to join four of its family members and become an endemic coronav...
The first U.S. case this year of a rare and potentially fatal virus known as monkeypox has been diagnosed in a man in Massachusetts who recently traveled to Canada, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
The illness does occasionally arise in the United States, but the Massach...
After four new cases of typically rare monkeypox infection were spotted in Britain earlier this week, the illness has now been confirmed in five young men in Portugal and 15 other suspected cases are being investigated, health officials in that country said Wednesday.
Since the early days of the pandemic, loss of smell and taste have been tied to COVID-19 infection. But a new study shows those telltale traits are much less likely with the Omicron variant than the earlier Alpha and Delta versions of the coronavirus.
Two experimental vaccines show promise in protecting against infection with the "mono" virus, which also causes cancer and has been implicated as a potential trigger of multiple sclerosis, a new paper reports.
Tested only in animals so far, the vaccines block two pathways by which the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) ta...
Despite what you may have heard, rats and other city wildlife aren't likely to trigger future pandemics in people, according to a new study.
The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists trying to determine where future outbreaks are most likely to start. It's long been suspected that critters in cities might act as reservoirs for viruses that could cause outbreaks in humans.
A new Omicron subvariant called BA.4 appears to be driving a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa, health experts say.
The number of daily cases reported by the country has shot up from just a few hundred a few weeks ago to just over 6,000, and the rate of positive tests has jumped from 4% in mid-April to 19% as of Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Thousands of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. South could have been avoided if more people masked, social distanced, kept kids from school and made other behavioral changes to reduce the spread of the virus, researchers say.
In other words, if they had acted more like folks up North.
The study authors suggested that if the entire United States had followed the lead of the Northeast in t...
If you're unlucky enough to need hospitalization for COVID-19, it won't really matter which variant you're infected with: The same level of care is required for patients with either Delta or Omicron, a new study reveals.
This is true even though people infected with the Omicron variant of...
A new forecasting center for infectious diseases was officially launched by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.
The goal of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics is to act as a "National Weather Service" for infectious disease outbreaks, and to guide public health decisions during outbreaks. These can include developing vaccines, distributing antivi...
An experimental medication for critically ill COVID-19 patients appears to work so well that the drug's maker announced Monday it has stopped its clinical trial early and will apply for emergency use authorization.
The medication, sabizabulin, halved the death rate in COVID-19 patients who...
Rising numbers of coronavirus infections in the United States are not surprising and not yet a cause for alarm, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious doctor, said Sunday.
There are an average of 31,000 new cases a day nationwide, a 3% increase from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times database. However, some areas have had much larger increases, including New Yor...
Omicron COVID-19 patients are younger and have more breakthrough infections, a new study finds. But people infected with Omicron are also less likely to be hospitalized or need intensive respiratory support than those who'd gotten the earlier Alpha and Delta variants.
The researchers examined data on patients at Houston Methodist hospital, where by the start of 2022,
A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.
These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine for children. That would be significant, according to the authors of the