China Detects First Human Cases of Novel Virus Found in Shrews

Scientists from China and Singapore recently announced the detection of a novel animal-derived virus known as Langya henipavirus (LayV) in at least 35 humans across China’s eastern provinces of Henan and Shandong, China’s state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday, noting that the zoonotic virus is often found in shrews.


China Predicts Windfall from Selling Monkeypox Test Kits

China-based diagnostic test makers expect to profit considerably from the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) recent decision to declare monkeypox a “public health emergency,” as the W.H.O. requested mass orders of monkeypox testing kits from at least two such manufacturers shortly after the declaration, China’s state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday.

Health workers screen passengers arriving from abroad for Monkeypox symptoms at Anna International Airport terminal in Chennai on June 03, 2022. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP) (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Wuhan Wet Market Turtles Carrying Cholera Alarm World

Four softshell turtles sold at a wet market in Wuhan, China — the origin site of the pandemic-inducing Chinese coronavirus — tested positive for a pathogen capable of causing cholera, a bacterial disease, on Wednesday, China’s state-run Global Times reported on Friday.

A man wearing a facemask to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city looks at a turtle for sale at a market in Wuhan on January 24, 2020. - China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on January …

Leprosy: An Ancient Disease Persists in a Modern World

Leprosy is an ancient disease that many may associate with a bygone era. In some of the most populous areas of the world, however – such as Nigeria and India – the disease continues to proliferate, forcing victims to live on the margins of society in leprosy colonies.

SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 29: Sumirah, 44, a former leper sorts through garbage at Babat Jerawat Leprosy Shelter on January 29, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Leprosy remains a largely neglected disease, especially in the rural areas of the country where little is known about it and many suffer from the …

India Documents Its First Bird Flu Death

India recorded its first bird flu death on Tuesday after an 11-year old boy in New Delhi succumbed to complications caused by an avian flu virus of the H5N1 strain, the Times of India reported on Thursday.

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Lebanon on Coronavirus Lockdown as Iraqis Prepare for Curfew

BEIRUT — Lebanon went into lockdown and Iraqis prepared for a curfew Monday as part of regional efforts to contain the new coronavirus even as businesses remained open in Iran, which is battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East and where another senior official has died from the virus.

A Lebanese man, wearing facial gas mask as part of health safety measures related to the spread of COVID-19, walks past a graffiti in the northern port city of Tripoli, on March 16, 2020 - Lebanon, on March 15, urged people to stay at home for two weeks and prepared …