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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is monitoring more than 200 people in 27 states who may have been exposed to a man infected with monkeypox.
The CDC is working to evaluate individuals who came into contact with the man who returned to Atlanta from Lagos, Nigeria. The man then departed Atlanta on a flight to Dallas, Texas, where he tested positive for the monkeypox virus.
"While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a press release.
Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 at a research facility where monkeys were housed for research.
The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003. Approximately 20 cases of monkeypox were reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana in 2003.
The viral disease was thought to be spread to humans by domestic prairie dogs being kept as household pets.
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Tammy Kauter, of Dorchester, Wisconsin, contracted the monkeypox virus from one of her 2 pet prairie dogs. She is pictured with her family and pet, Chuckles, on June 9, 2003.
The sick prairie dog died but Tammy kept Chuckles because it was thought she was immune after recovering from the virus and couldn't contract the disease again.
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Cases of a potentially deadly fungus have been reported in the United States for the first time ever, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
New cases of deadly Candida auris were reported in two locations, Washington D.C. and Texas, the CDC said Thursday.
The CDC reported five cases of "pan-resistant" C. auris, three in Washington, D.C., and two in Texas. All of the cases were acquired in facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals.
People with weak immune systems can get sick by breathing in the fungal spores. Most healthy people who inhale the fungal spores will not get sick.
The CDC has tracked Candida auris for years. But the new cases are "pan-resistant", meaning the fungus is resistant to all classes of antifungal drugs.
The fungus is usually diagnosed in very sick people who are hospitalized or living in long-term care facilities.
Doctors and researchers are alarmed by the new case because there is currently no treatment for pan-resistant C. auris.
The cases were reported in the CDC's online journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
In December 2020, the CDC added information on Fungal Diseases and COVID-19, including information on the spread of C. auris during the pandemic and invasive candidiasis in patients with COVID-19.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a January goal to decide whether to fully approve Pfizer's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine was the first to be given emergency authorization by the FDA in 2020. If approved, Pfizer's mRNA injections will be the first fully approved coronavirus vaccine in the U.S.
Full FDA approval would allow Pfizer to directly market the shots to the general public at a price yet to be determined.
Full approval would only be for people aged 18 and older because emergency approval for people under 18 only occurred in May, according to DailyMail.com.
As of Friday, more than 186.5 million vaccines have been administered in the U.S. The White House missed its goal of 70% of Americans with at least one vaccine dose.
Health experts are hopeful that full FDA approval will ease vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.
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Volunteers are knocking on doors of unvaccinated Americans in urban and rural areas to urge compliance.
The FDA met with officials from Pfizer to approve a third booster shot. However, the FDA and CDC say Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need a third booster shot.
People with long Covid symptoms in the UK are participating in trials to receive monthly Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added heart inflammation warnings to information about the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 injections.
The warning was added after thousands of vaccinated young adults and children around the world were diagnosed with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane lining the heart).
Both heart conditions can be fatal and require immediate medical attention. Heart inflammation was diagnosed in people under age 30, including at least 1,200 young adults and children in America.
The Pfizer and Moderna shots use mRNA spike protein technology and require two injections, while the Johnson & Johnson shot uses an adenovirus and requires a single dose.
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In related news, the World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending face masks for everyone - vaccinated and unvaccinated - due to the spread of the so-called Covid "delta" variant.
"Vaccine alone won't stop community transmission," the WHO's Dr. Mariangela Simao said.
"People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene ... the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you're vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing."
Most Americans stopped wearing face masks and face coverings in May, after the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is pulling out all the stops to combat "vaccine hesitancy" among the population who refuse to take the experimental mRNA injections.
The CDC tapped Dr. Jacqueline Walters, star of Bravo TV's 'Married to Medicine,' to calm people's fears about taking the shots.
As of Monday, 52% of Americans have taken at least one shot of the experimental spike protein gene therapy injections.
The Covid-19 vaccines still don't have full FDA approval.
Dr. Jackie emphatically tells her patients to take the Covid-19 injections.
"If you're trying to become pregnant now or plan to try in the future, you can get a Covid-19 vaccine," she says.
Dr. Jackie doesn't say whether women who are currently pregnant should take the shot. That may be due to reports of miscarriages among some women who took at least one shot.
The reality TV doctor does say there is no evidence that any vaccine causes fertility problems.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Johnson & Johnson to destroy 60 million doses of tainted mRNA vaccine made at a Baltimore plant.
The Baltimore plant, run by Emergent BioSolutions, was shut down two months ago after a mixup ruined millions of doses. The vaccine doses were ordered destroyed on Friday.
Emergent BioSolutions was cited for multiple heath code violations. The FDA has ordered Johnson & Johnson to discard 60 million doses made at the plant.
The health code violations include workers failing to shower or change clothes, mold in the equipment and poor disinfection of equipment.
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As a result of the 60 million discarded vaccine doses, the United States will not meet the White House's goal for 70% of Americans partially vaccinated by July 4.
This is the second time Johnson & Johnson has been targeted by the FDA.
In April, the FDA halted the production of Johnson & Johnson vaccines after reports of deadly blood clots.
Six women were diagnosed with blood clots after taking the J&J vaccine. One woman died.
It is unclear how many Americans received doses of the J&J vaccine after the ingredient mix-up.
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta called an emergency meeting after hundreds of teenage boys who received Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines developed heart inflammation.
A total of 226 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported among teenage boys who received Covid-19 vaccines.
Of the total cases, three teenagers are in intensive care units, 15 are hospitalized in cardiac ICU, 41 have cardiac symptoms and the rest have recovered fully.
The CDC said Thursday the number of cases are higher than expected.
Heart inflammation is rare among healthy teenagers and young adults.
Children and teenagers have extremely low rates of Covid-19 and are not known to transmit the virus to adults.
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The CDC continues to urge children ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.
More than 130 million Americans have received both their first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 60% of Americans are unvaccinated.
Governors in America have offered incentives including $1 million lotteries, cars, guns, and concert tickets to people who get the vaccines.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating cases of heart inflammation in children and teenagers who got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscles, which affects the heart's electrical system that tells the heart to beat regularly.
Myocarditis is usually caused by a virus, such as Covid-19. The symptoms include irregular heart beat, chest pain, fatigue (extreme tiredness), fluid retention (swelling in legs), and shortness of breath.
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The CDC says doctors have not established a link between the mRNA vaccines and reports of myocarditis in children who have received the injections.
The CDC urged people to still get vaccinated despite the troubling reports.
Doctors say the condition is "mild" and often goes away on its own.
"Reported cases appear to be mild and often go away without requiring treatment," said CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes. He said that the reports are "rare given the number of vaccine doses administered."
As of Monday, nearly half of the U.S. population received at least one dose of the mRNA vaccine.
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The number of fully vaccinated New York Yankees players who tested positive for Covid-19 now stands at 8.
The Yankees are dismayed that players continue to test positive for the virus even though they are all fully vaccinated.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday's starting lineup against Tampa Bay after testing positive again. Torres previously tested positive for Covid-19 in December and is fully vaccinated.
Manager Aaron Boone shared a Torres update on Wednesday. He said members of the Yankees' traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday.
"I know everybody is going to read into that but hopefully it's nothing, it's more just getting all the information," Boone said of Torres.
Boone said the Yankees expect to receive an update about Torres on Wednesday night.
"We've been dealing with this thing now for over a year," said Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon. "We're just going to roll with the punches and try to protect each other, and do our responsibility to keep everyone safe. But we're here and we're to play."
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Fully vaccinated celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez enjoy the freedom of not wearing masks. Jennifer was spotted heading into a gym in Miami on Thursday morning. The mom-of-two wore silver leggings and a cropped sweater as she got in a workout session with a personal trainer.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky on Thursday said fully vaccinated individuals can remove their masks indoors. Previously, even vaccinated Americans were advised to continue wearing face masks indoors.
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Drake was back at his favorite LA restaurant Craig's in West Hollywood on Thursday. He and a few friends dined late night at Craig's after dropping his 4 fragrance candles line at his favorite restaurants in West Hollywood.
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Singer Chris Brown was spotted hanging out at The Highlight Room with his crew on Thursday night.
Terrence J and a mystery woman were pictured exiting the Highlight Room in Hollywood on Thursday. Terrence Jenkins, better known as Terrence J, is an American actor, model and entertainment reporter best known as the host of BET's popular music video countdown show 106 & Park from 2006 until 2012. He was the co-anchor of E! News from 2012 to 2015.
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News anchorwoman Robin Roberts was all smiles outside ABC studios in New York City on Thursday.