infectious disease

Polio is back in the US and UK. Here’s how it went

The discovery that polio has partially paralyzed a young man from a New York suburb feels tired, but shocking. Tiring, because it is the third highly infectious virus to make landfall in the United States in three years, after monkeypox and SARS-CoV-2. And shocking because, for decades, polio hasn’t spread in wealthy countries, where sanitation, …

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Here’s what we know about Langya, the new virus found in China that has infected dozens

Researchers have discovered a new virus apparently of animal origin in eastern China that has infected at least 35 people so far. The disease, a new virus named Langya henipavirus (LayV), appears to cause flu-like symptoms and is currently being monitored by the Taiwan CDC. Experts say animal-derived viruses like LayV, monkeypox and COVID-19 are …

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