Europe CDC Advise Culling Pet Hamsters of Monkeypox Patients

Fourth EstateSleeping Hamster | Sherman Wang

Health experts in Europe have allowed pet owners to have their pets like hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs culled to defend against monkeypox as a ‘last choice’ guideline. The Europe Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), in a rapid …

Read more

First Case of Monkeypox Confirmed in Finland

Fourth EstateTesttubes marked with positive results for Monkeypox

Finland has confirmed its first case of monkeypox, the Helsinki hospital district announced on Friday. The Helsinki University Hospital informed the public about the suspicion on Wednesday and has now sequenced the case to confirm it was monkeypox. The hospital …

Read more

Roche Develops PCR Tests for Monkeypox

Fourth EstateRoche Diagnostics Rotkreuz | Rastatter

Swiss-owned pharmaceutical giant Roche announced that it had developed 3 PCR tests to detect Monkeypox. “Roche has very quickly developed a new suite of tests that detect the monkeypox virus and aid in following its epidemiologic spread,” said Thomas Schinecker, …

Read more

AstraZeneca Reviews Diversity in Vaccine Trials

Fourth EstatePiedmont Region in Italy Suspends Use of AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca’s head of oncology said the company is conducting a major review of diversity across its trials to ensure all population groups benefit from its medicines.   Dr. David Fredrickson said AstraZeneca is joining others in the pharmaceutical industry in …

Read more

WHO Suspects Monkeypox Spreading Through Sexual Contact

Fourth EstateHighly magnified electron microscope photo shows a mulberry-type monkeypox virus. | CDC via Fourth Estate

The World Health Organization (WHO) suspects that Monkeypox is mostly spreading through sexual contact, but that it isn’t a sexually transmitted disease. According to WHO officials, the virus is not a sexually transmitted infection and does not spread through sperm …

Read more

Pfizer/BioNTech Say Three Shots Generate Strong Immune Response in Kids Under 5

Office of the Secretary of DefenVials of the COVID-19 vaccine are seen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. | Lisa Ferdinando

Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday that three doses of their COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response in children under the age of five in their clinical trial. Pfizer and BioNTech said they found that the vaccine was up …

Read more

Monkeypox spreads as France, Belgium and Germany Detect First Cases

Fourth EstateA man shows his hands, which have a characteristic monkeypox rash | CDC

France, Belgium, and Germany reported their first cases of monkeypox after Australia, and several European and North American nations reported detecting the disease endemic in parts of Africa.  French health authorities confirmed a monkeypox case in Paris, while the German …

Read more