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    Spain has confirmed its first monkeypox death - and Europe's first fatality from the virus.  The five previous reported deaths were all in African nations.  Spain's Ministry of Health confirmed the fatality today as it revealed 4,298 cases have so far been notified.  It gave no details about the person who had died and when it had happened. Only 64 of the confirmed cases in Spain have been women. Earlier this month when the number of confirmed cases stood at just over 3,000 in Spain, it was identified as the monkeypox world leader.  The earliest cases in May were linked to a gay sauna in Madrid and a Pride festival in Gran Canaria.  Last week the World Health Organisation declared monkeypox a global health emergency, meaning it now views the current outbreak as enough of a significant threat that a coordinated international response is needed.  Monkeypox has affected more than 16,000 people across 75 countries, according to a tally by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next ...
    (CNN)Ghana has confirmed its first two cases of the highly infectious Marburg virus disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday in a statement.The announcement comes after two unrelated patients from the southern Ashanti region of Ghana, both of whom later died, tested positive for the virus.The patients had shown symptoms including diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting, WHO said, adding that more than 90 contacts are being monitored.Marburg is a highly infectious viral hemorrhagic fever in the same family as the better known Ebola virus disease and has a fatality ratio of up to 88%, according to WHO. "Illness begins abruptly, with high fever, severe headache, and malaise," it stated.The virus is transmitted to humans from fruit bats and can then be spread human-to-human through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people or surfaces and materials contaminated with these fluids, WHO explained.Guinea declares end of Marburg virus outbreakRead MoreThe global health body said containment measures were being put in place and that more resources would be deployed in response to the outbreak in Ghana. WHO also warned that...
    Elon Musk has announced plans to give an update on SpaceX's massive deep-space Starship rocket next week. The billionaire entrepreneur tweeted that there would be a presentation at 20:00 CT (02:00 GMT) in Texas, where SpaceX has been developing Starship at its test facility in Boca Chica. It will be the first update on the vehicle in almost three years. Starship, which will return humans to the lunar surface and could one day ferry more than 100 people a time to Mars, is set to make its first orbital flight in March at the earliest.  Elon Musk has announced plans to give an update on SpaceX's massive deep-space Starship rocket (pictured) next week  In August 2021, SpaceX stacked its Starship onto of the Super Heavy booster for the first time STARSHIP AND SUPER HEAVY LAUNCHER SpaceX Starship is made up of two stages, the Super Heavy booster and the Starship vehicle on top. Super Heavy fires and gives Starship the boost it needs to reach orbit. Once in space, Starship separates and continues its journey, while Super Heavy returns to land...
    Los Angeles County health officials have reported the county’s first death this year due to West Nile virus. The patient, a resident of the eastern region of the county, was hospitalized and died from a neuro-invasive disease associated with the virus, officials announced Friday. No further information was given about the individual or the date of death. County officials have documented a total of 10 cases in the county so far this year, excluding Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments. The state reported its first West Nile virus-related death in July in San Luis Obispo County. The mosquito-born virus is common in California in summer and early fall. Most people who become infected don’t experience symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some may experience fever, muscle aches and tiredness. In severe cases of infection, especially in people over 50 years old and those with chronic medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes, the virus can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis. Last year, there...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a review of the origins of COVID-19 would be finished on Tuesday, but it could take several more days before its long-awaited findings are declassified and made public. President Joe Biden ordered the intelligence community to conduct the 90-day review in May, tasking them with assessing whether the pandemic began when the virus crossed into humans from animals or whether it leaked from a Chinese laboratory. The question has taken on a deep political dimension, with senior Republicans accusing Beijing of a cover-up and demanding financial compensation. Psaki confirmed that the review would be completed on time. 'I would say that it will take it typically takes a couple of days, if not longer, to put together an unclassified version to present publicly and obviously the president would be briefed first on any findings so I don't have an exact date for you but I would expect it will be several days ... after tomorrow,' she told reporters at the White House. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that a review...
    The coronavirus Delta variant reached Laredo, Texas this week as the southern border city moved to sue the Biden administration for transferring mass amounts of illegal migrants to the community. One case of the highly contagious strain of COVID-19 was confirmed in Laredo on Monday. 'Our concern continues to be that unvaccinated populations, who typically present with the most severe medical outcomes at the hospitals, can also create and spread variants that reduce the efficacy of our vaccines' Laredo Health Authority Dr. Victor Tevino said in a statement, according to local news outlet KGNS. 'This is one of the challenges and reasons why we are seeing an increase in our breakthrough infections.' The city has also expressed concerns over the transfer of illegal crossers who have not yet been vaccinated as it could lead to a spike in COVID cases in the community. 'The release of people who are COVID-19 positive and/or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive poses a danger that this city and country have endeavored to remedy since the inception of this pandemic,' the...
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. But it has an answer to that: Video games. On Tuesday, the streaming giant announced plans to begin adding video games to its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. The confirmation of the long-anticipated expansion came in conjunction with the release of its latest earnings report. That financial breakdown showed the video service added 1.5 million subscribers during the April-June period. That’s slightly better than the modest increase that management forecast after the service stumbled to a sluggish start during the winter months, but still far below its growth rate in recent years. The 5.5 million subscribers that Netflix gained through the first six months of this year marks its weakest first-half performance since 2013 — a period when the company was still rolling out more original programming instead of licensing old TV series and movies. Now Netflix is taking another leap by offering video games. The Los Gatos, California, company telegraphed the move last...
    A new day: California, once epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, marks its reopening Vermont drops all Covid restrictions as first state to reach 80% vaccination Ninjas in Pyjamas will continue fielding Linus “⁠LNZ⁠” Holtäng in its CS:GO lineup until the player break, the organization’s chief operating officer, Jonas Gundersen, told HLTV. © Provided by Dot Esports LNZ, one of the players from NiP’s academy project called Young Ninjas, made his debut on the first team at IEM Summer 2021, replacing Erik “⁠ztr⁠” Gustafsson, another young talent who was moved back to Young Ninjas after spending three months with the main team. LNZ averaged a 0.90 rating in nine maps at the tournament, which is barely better than what ztr was offering NiP in terms of firepower. “We’ve happily decided to give LNZ the chance to prove himself until the summer break,” Gundersen said. “He’s blended in really well already and is transferring the firepower and work ethic that we saw and loved in Young Ninjas right into the first team. We obviously haven’t been doing things the traditional way for a while...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton County Public Health on Wednesday, Feb. 3, announced the first known case in Denton County of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant previously discovered in the United Kingdom. The person who contracted COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, lives in unincorporated northeast Denton County and has no recent travel history. DCPH epidemiologists are conducting a thorough epidemiologic investigation and remain in direct communication with the Texas Department of State Health Services. “Even as Denton County ramps up the number of vaccinations this week, it is important to remember that everyone should continue to practice the CDC guidelines for social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “We know these practices work, even as different variants of the COVID-19 virus circulate around the globe. All individuals, with or without a vaccine, should continue following these basic steps to protect the health and safety of everyone.” Based on available research on the B.1.1.7 variant, this variant is believed to be more easily transmissible but research is still ongoing. Thus far, the B.1.1.7 variant does...
    Moderna confirmed on Wednesday that it is in talks with the U.S. to supply an additional 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine. The federal government had already signed an agreement with the biotechnology company last year to purchase 200 million doses of the inoculation, and the new purchase would bring the total up to 300 million. This supply will be enough to immunize nearly half of the country's population with the two-shot regimen.  If the deal goes through, Moderna would deliver the additional doses in summer 2021. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said he is also hoping to buy 100 million more doses of the other vaccine approved for emergency use authorization in the U.S., made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, to ensure the nation has enough vaccines for the long term. Even more doses could be available if federal scientists approve a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson, which is expected to seek emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the coming weeks.   Moderna confirmed it it is talks with the Biden administration...
    Health officials in Florida have confirmed the state's first case of a new coronavirus strain. The person infected was described as a Martin County man in his 20s with no history of travel, the state Department of Health said Thursday. "The Department is working with the CDC on this investigation," the department tweeted. "We encourage all to continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation." The first case of the new strain -- called B.1.1.7 -- in the United States was announced Tuesday. Colorado health officials said an Elbert County man in his 20s was in isolation after becoming infected. It has since been found in California as well. The variant was first discovered in the United Kingdom, and prompted tough lockdown and travel restrictions. Follow below for updates on the coronavirus pandemic. Mobile users click here. 
    Health officials in Florida have confirmed the state's first case of a new coronavirus strain. The person infected was described as a Martin County man in his 20s with no history of travel, the state Department of Health said Thursday. "The Department is working with the CDC on this investigation," the department tweeted. "We encourage all to continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation." The first case of the new strain -- called B.1.1.7 -- in the United States was announced Tuesday. Colorado health officials said an Elbert County man in his 20s was in isolation after becoming infected. It has since been found in California as well. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The variant was first discovered in the United Kingdom, and prompted tough lockdown and travel restrictions.
    OnePlus is working on a smartwatch and plans to release it early next year, the company’s CEO has revealed on Twitter. Pete Lau has confirmed the reports going around a few months ago that the Chinese manufacturer revived its smartwatch ambitions years after its first attempt. Back in 2016, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei shared sketches of a circular smartwatch design after the company already scrapped its plans for the wearable. Apparently, the manufacturer decided to focus on smartphones at the time and killed its non-phone projects. Many of you said you wanted a watch, and as you might have heard over the weekend—we’re making one, to be released early next year. Wishes do come true.???? https://t.co/H1Fqv9srXj — Pete Lau (@PeteLau) December 22, 2020 Seeing as the company has launched non-smartphone products since then — it released the OnePlus Buds a few months ago, for instance — it’s not that hard to imagine it setting its sights on entering the smartwatch market. Lau didn’t share any details about the upcoming wearable, though, so it’s unclear if...
    Researchers in the US have confirmed the country's first case of a patient becoming reinfected with the novel coronavirus.   According to the report, a unnamed 25-year-old man, who lives in Washoe County, Nevada, tested positive in mid-April after showing signs of mild illness. After recovering, and testing negative twice, he started experiencing similar symptoms in late May. He tested positive again for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, but this time, his disease progressed to a severe case and he required hospitalization along with oxygen therapy.  The results, which were published in a pre-print study in August, were released by The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Monday. The team says that, although further research is needed, the findings suggest that contracting the virus does not guarantee total immunity and that everyone should strictly follow guidelines including masks, social distancing and hand-washing.   Researchers in the US have confirmed the country's first case of coronavirus reinfection in a 25-year-old man from Washoe County, Nevada. Pictured: Nurses care for a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, California,...
    Disney confirmed that one of its shows features the channel’s first bisexual character in a new animated series, numerous sources reported. “The Owl House” includes a bisexual main character, the channel’s first after a number of openly LGTBQ characters, CNN reported. The show follows the adventures of a 14-year-old girl who at different parts of the show expresses attraction to both male and female characters. In some of the most recent episodes, the character, named Luz Noceda, has a relationship with a recurring female character.  The series creator Dana Terrace confirmed that the show was portraying a bisexual character, according to Variety.  When I was first developing Owl House I always wanted to do a prom episode to make up for my own experiences. Back then PROM was an anagram for “Perennial Ritual Offering Maiden”. I’m so INCREDIBLY grateful for the crew working to make this episode so badass. pic.twitter.com/Ak8dNVMAdo — Dana Terrace (@DanaTerrace) August 9, 2020 “In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I’m a horrible liar so...
    DISNEY has made history by confirming its first ever bisexual lead TV character, Luz Noceda, a Dominican-American teen who journeys to another world to become a witch. The entertainment giant has been hailed for finally taking "steps towards inclusion and diversity" say LGBTQ+ campaigners. 13The Owl House launched in January, and revolves around 14-year-old LuzCredit: Disney 13Luz, right, dances with Amity, a recurring female characterCredit: Disney 13Luz Noceda is not Disney's first LGBTQ+ characterCredit: Disney CNN pointed out that Luz Noceda is not Disney's first LGBTQ+ character. "Pixar featured a gay main character in a short film on Disney Plus, but Luz is the first bisexual character to make a Disney debut on a television series", it added. According to Variety, 14-year-old Luz had previously shown that she's attracted to male characters in The Owl House. The series premiered in January this year, and shows imaginative Luz on her journey to becoming a witch's apprentice. She takes this path after ending up in the demon realm, where she meets a witch named Eda and warrior character King while journeying...
    (CNN)Diversity is making its way onto the Disney Channel. Disney has confirmed it has a bixsexual lead character on "The Owl House" series.The 14-year-old Dominican-American girl, Luz Noceda, is not Disney's first LGBTQ+ character. Pixar featured a gay main character in a short film on Disney Plus, but Luz is the first bisexual character to make a Disney debut on a television series."The Owl House" series follows Luz's adventure to becoming a witch, even though she does not have any magical abilities. Dana TerraceAt first, "certain Disney leadership" was not too fond of the idea of having an LGBTQ+ character, said the series' creator, Dana Terrace, in a tweet."I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I'm a horrible liar so sneaking it in would've been hard," she says in her tweet. "I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel."Read MoreTerrace identifies as bisexual. She wanted to write about a bisexual character, so she really pushed Disney...
    Sixteen cases of Dengue fever have been confirmed in the Florida Keys, according to health officials.  The first infection was documented in March of this year but since that time a further 15 people have been infected, mainly in June.  It's the first outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in 10 years.  Dengue-carrying mosquitoes primarily feed on humans and rarely travel more than 200 yards away from their breeding habitat near homes winknews Privacy Policy The cases all appear to have been located in a two-mile area of Key Largo according to the Florida Department of Health.  The last time there was an outbreak in the region was more than a decade ago when there were 47 cases of Dengue fever in 2009, followed by 65 cases in 2010.    The health department say that no one in the Keys has died from Dengue this year and all those who contracted it are expected to make a full recover.     The illness is potentially deadly. Symptoms includes severe muscle aches and pain, fever and a rash. They typically appear within 10...
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