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No Room for Monkeypox Outbreak Complacency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirmed its call today for governments and civil society to scale up efforts to prevent the monkeypox outbreak from establishing itself across additional geographical areas. 
The WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, stated on July 1, 2022, “Urgent and coordinated action is imperative if we are to turn a corner in the race to reverse the ongoing spread of this disease.”

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East and North London Sewage Contains Poliovirus

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The UK Heath Security Agency (UKHSA) announced today that poliovirus samples had been found in sewage collected from the London Beckton Sewage Treatment Works between February and May 2022.
The UKHSA confirmed on June 22, 2022, investigations determined the poliovirus has evolved and is now classified as a ‘vaccine-derived’ poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2), which can cause serious illness in under-immunized people.

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Mosquito Saliva Quickly Spreads Diseases to People

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A recent report described how a mosquito saliva component is required for virus infection.
When infected mosquitoes bite people, they inject viruses and saliva into the skin. The saliva is biologically active and helps the mosquito feed but also helps the virus to infect and replicate.
And ‘host responses to Aedes mosquito saliva is remarkably rapid, inducing peak edema and monocyte influx within minutes postexposure.’

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Unvaccinated Children Bring Measles to Minnesota

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced today it is investigating two measles cases in unvaccinated, pre-school children who are siblings.
The children developed measles symptoms shortly after returning to Hennepin County after visiting an unidentified country where measles is endemic. 
One child was hospitalized due to measles complications.
The children were isolated when symptoms started, so exposures were limited to health care and family settings.

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Caribbean Countries Celebrate HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Throughout the Caribbean, countries are making measurable gains toward ending the AIDS epidemic and ushering in an AIDS-free generation. 
These innovative countries are doing so by using science, innovation, and evidence-based strategies to help save lives.
The efforts are celebrated annually on the Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is today, June 8, 2022.
‘This is the eighth annual observance, and we want to take a moment to recognize the impact that HIV/AIDS has on Caribbean American communities, stated a HIV.gov press release.

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Wild Polio Continues Paralyzing Children in Pakistan

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To eradicate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has brought together the latest scientific knowledge on poliovirus to make the most of lessons learned and plan for a world without polio.
While most of the world seldom confirms a polio case, Afghanistan and Pakistan are two countries that continue to battle this vaccine-preventable disease.
To prevent poliovirus from spreading across borders, Pakistan and Afghanistan synchronized nationwide polio immunization campaigns in May 2022.

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New Saudi Arabia Entry Procedures for Travelers

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The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced in May 2022 the implementation of new procedures for the entry of all non-Saudi citizens and exempted travelers to the Kingdom by a circular issued today to all airlines operating in the Kingdom's airports. 
The circular stipulates the application of the institutional quarantine to non-Saudi citizens and exempted travelers, unvaccinated groups who come from countries from which their arrival has not been suspended at their own expense. 

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See the Mountains On Amtrak’s Newest Summer Train

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Amtrak recently announced its newest train service, the Berkshire Flyer, which will soon pass between Moynihan Train Hall and Pittsfield, MA, with several scenic stops along the way.
The Berkshire Flyer will make it easy for the public to take advantage of opportunities to visit museums, attend concerts, visit unique shops, and enjoy outdoor recreation.

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Entering the USA Now Costs More

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that the fee for travelers intending to visit the United States with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) has increased.
Effective on May 26, 2022, the ESTA travel promotion fee was increased from $10 to $17, in addition to a $4 operational charge.
The good news is individuals with an approved ESTA do not have to re-apply for up to two years.

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Cholera Elimination Campaign Launches in Malawi

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The WHO Africa announced today that the country of Malawi successfully launched a cholera vaccination campaign targeting more than 1.9 million children.
Local health authorities, with support from World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, will carry out the two-round campaign in eight cholera hotspot districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Mulanje, Blantyre, Machinga, Mangochi, and Balaka.
The first round started on  May 23, 2022, and will be followed by a second-round two to six weeks later.