Monkeypox a health risk

US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

Reuters / August 5, 2022

The United States has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, the health secretary confirmed Thursday.

Cases had crossed 6,600 in the United States a day earlier, almost all of them among men who have sex with men.

Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told Reuters that the spread of cases outside that group was not high but was being carefully monitored.

“But you’ve always got to take things like that seriously and keep an open mind that you might see more of that. You don’t want to panic people because there’s no need to be overly concerned now, but at the same time that you’re not currently over-concerned you should be currently very observant, and currently very careful, and currently on top of what’s going on and following it very carefully.”

The first US case of monkeypox was confirmed in Massachusetts in May, followed by another case in California five days later.

Declarations of emergencies are already in place in California, Illinois and New York.

The World Health Organization last month dubbed monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” its highest alert level.

First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches and skin lesions, and is usually spread through close contact.

The US government had distributed 156,000 monkeypox vaccine doses nationwide through mid-July. It has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses.

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the Lord out of heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. Genesis 19:24-25

Reuters Washington DC lightning strike that killed three on “climate” warning / August 6, 2022

The two men and two women struck by lightning on Thursday while visiting Washington’s Lafayette Square, just north of the White House, were among the unlucky few – struck by a bolt that hit the ground during a violent, afternoon thunderstorm.

Lightning strikes near the White House killing three people and injuring two more

The lightning hit near a tree that stands yards (meters) away from the fence that surrounds the presidential residence and offices across from the square, which is often crowded with visitors, especially in the summer months.

All four victims sustained critical, life-threatening injuries, and were taken to area hospitals. Two of them later died: James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, from Janesville, Wisconsin, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Later on Friday a third victim, a 29-year-old male, was pronounced dead, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Further details on the victim were being withheld until the next-of-kin were notified.

NJ woman who survived lightning strike details her shocking experience: ‘I was doing the laundry’

~ by Joel Huan on August 10, 2022.

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