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African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

May. 20, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease's recent spread in Europe and North America. Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West...

Indiana kids ages 5-11 can receive COVID-19 vaccine booster

May. 20, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hoosier children ages 5-11 can now receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine following authorization this week from federal health officials, the Indiana Department of Health said Friday. The state agency advised vaccine providers they can begin administering...

Nevada, Clark County end emergency declarations for pandemic

May. 20, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — COVID-19 emergency declarations for Nevada ended Friday as the public health agency for metro Las Vegas noted that the pandemic isn't over and said it will continue to monitor spread of the virus and provide assistance with vaccinating and testing. While most of...

US, S Korean leaders meet in face of N Korea nuclear threat

May. 20, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When the U.S. and South Korean leaders meet Saturday, North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program, already a major focus, may receive extra attention if intelligence predictions of an imminent major weapons demonstration by the North, which is struggling with a...

N. Korea's low death count questioned amid COVID-19 outbreak

May. 19, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nearly 10% of its 26 million people have fallen ill and 65 people have died amid its first COVID-19 outbreak, as outside experts question the validity of its reported fatalities and worry about a possible humanitarian crisis. ...

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 19, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European and American health authorities have identified a number of monkeypox cases in recent days, mostly in young men. It's a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside Africa. Health officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases...

CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

May. 19, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids — just...

Depression, pandemic photographs paired in Ohio exhibit

May. 19, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — An exhibit in Ohio pairing photographs from two moments of societal crisis — the Great Depression and the COVID-19 pandemic — aims to help visitors see parallels between the human tolls felt across generations. The show, “Chronicles: The Great...

Spain confirms 7 monkeypox cases as European outbreak grows

May. 19, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Health officials in Spain reported seven cases of monkeypox and Portugal updated its number of confirmed cases to 14 Thursday as an outbreak of a viral disease typically limited to Africa expanded in Europe. In Spain, all of the reported cases to date involved men in...

Germany says pandemic not over as court OKs vaccine mandate

May. 19, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, Germany's health minister warned Thursday as the country's highest court approved rules requiring health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach noted the sharp rise in cases currently...