Patient in UK has monkeypox, likely caught in Nigeria

Also in the UK, reports say food poverty has jumped 57% in three months and people seeking help from food banks are asking for foods that don’t need to be cooked to avoid the spike energy bills. Meanwhile, in South Africa, the covid positivity rate is near record highs again.

CNN: Rare case of monkeypox reported in England, says UKHSA

A rare case of monkeypox has been diagnosed in a patient in England, the UK Health Security Agency said in a statement on Saturday. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people, the agency said, calling the overall risk to the general public “very low”. “The infection can spread when a person has close contact with an infected person; however, the risk of transmission to the general population is very low,” the statement said. (Goillandeau, 5/8)

Press Association: UK food poverty increased by 57% in just three months

About one in seven adults live in homes where people skipped meals, ate smaller portions or went hungry all day because they couldn’t afford or access food, the research found. The number of people having difficulty buying food has increased by 57% in three months, according to a study by the Food Foundation. The charity said food bank users are increasingly asking for items that don’t need cooking, as they worry about how they will be able to pay rising energy bills. . (Crew, 5/9)

Stateline: Foreign-trained doctors want to see you now

It took Vladislav Zimin 11 years to complete his training in Russia to become an interventional cardiologist, a specialist who places stents in clogged arteries. After that, he practiced for five years, eventually becoming head of the cardiology and radiology department at his Moscow hospital. Then he emigrated to the United States in 2015 at age 32, and had to practically start all over again. He spent seven years studying English and preparing for the rigorous US medical licensing exam needed to qualify for US residency, which he will begin in July in Brooklyn. In order for him to start performing invasive cardiac procedures again, he will have to repeat three years of residency, three years in a fellowship in general cardiology and one year in a fellowship in interventional cardiology. (Ollove, 5/6)

In global covid news —

Bloomberg: South Africa’s Covid-19 test positivity rate nears record

South Africa’s daily coronavirus test positivity rate neared a record high, topping 30% on Saturday for the first time in nearly five months, as two sublines of the omicron variant spread rapidly ahead of the season country winter. There were 8,524 new cases of Covid-19 identified, representing a positivity rate of 31.1% of those tested, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said in a statement posted on its website. It is the highest rate since the 32.2% recorded on December 15, when a record 26,976 cases were recorded. The increase means South Africa is close to its highest positivity rate to date. The record so far was 34.9% on December 14. (Vollgraaff, 5/7)

The New York Times: Seeking Covid pills, poor nations fear repeat AIDS crisis

A devastating virus was ravaging nations that lacked the medicine available to Americans. The pills were patented and expensive. Poor countries lacked the refrigeration to store them, it was thought, and patients would not be able to follow the complex dosing regimen. It was 2002, the virus was HIV, and President George W. Bush secretly sent his top health advisers to Africa to investigate what activists called “medical apartheid.” Over the next 20 years, the United States led the way in building a global infrastructure for HIV testing and treatment, saving an estimated 21 million lives. (Stolberg, 5/8)

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