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Two new cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health (DPH) said on Sunday, June 12. 

The cases were detected in two adult men, who were in close contact with each other, DPH said. Neither case shows evidence of being linked to the first identified case in the Bay State last month.


“Although monkeypox infections remain rare, and none of the close contacts from Massachusetts’ first case developed monkeypox during their monitoring period, the CDC is reporting that cases continue to rise across the United States,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “It is very important to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and to be vigilant."

Monkeypox symptoms include a rash that could be preceded by a prodrome including fever, lymphadenopathy, and often other non-specific symptoms such as malaise, headache, and muscle aches.

While there is no specific treatment for the disease, antivirals that treat smallpox may prove beneficial. More information about the case and the disease can be found on DPH's website

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Crime and Public Safety | Police say theyve solved the killing of Oakland mother fatally shot during scuffle, but suspects are nowhere to be found

OAKLAND — Nearly two years after a 27-year-old woman was gunned down during a fight in East Oakland, two women have been charged in connection with the killing and attempt to cover it up.

The only problem is, police have no idea where they are.

Alameda County prosecutors filed charges of murder and assault with a firearm against 20-year-old Dakota Williams, and assault and accessory charges against Anna M. Wade. But, while both women were arrested last year — before the charges were filed — their current whereabouts are unknown.

The victim, Oakland resident Shaquoia Bass-Moody, was killed just two days before her 28th birthday. She left behind a then-1-year-old daughter. In a 2021 interview, her brother, Dawon Davis, described her as a diligent single mother and proud Rudsdale High graduate who drew on strength and resilience forged from a stint in foster care and from working multiple jobs, including as a health care aide with San Francisco firm Homebridge.

Bass-Moody was shot and killed near the intersection of 76th Avenue and Spencer Street at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2021. Police say that she and Wade had been engaged in a long-term feud and ran into each other that evening. The two began fighting, and eyewitnesses told police Wade got the better of the altercation and began striking Bass-Moody repeatedly.

Video surveillance of the incident shows Bass-Moody retrieving a frying pan and striking the window of a black Lexus SUV. The driver’s side passenger then shoots a pistol at Bass-Moody, striking her in the neck, according to police.

Authorities identified Wade as a suspect based on her association with the Lexus and witness statements saying she and Bass-Moody didn’t like each other, authorities say. Wade was arrested in June 2021 on suspicion of possessing a stolen car in Elk Grove, and interviewed by police. During the interview, she identified Williams as the passenger who shot Williams, according to court records.

Police then issued a warrant for Williams’ arrest, though prosecutors still hadn’t filed the case at that point. In September 2021, Williams was arrested near a family’s residence in Stockton, after allegedly trying to evade a U.S. Marshals task force, authorities say. She admitted to firing a gun during the fracas but denied that she’d hit anybody, according to court records.

After the police interview, Williams was released, pending further investigation of the incident. Prosecutors didn’t file the murder charge until this year.

Anyone with information may call Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

Staff writer Harry Harris contributed to this report

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