Who has the ‘greater chance’ of monkeypox exposure? Plus, high-risk COVID travel destinations, and more virus news

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CDC warns LGBTQ community about ‘greater chance’ of monkeypox exposure

Anyone can get or spread monkeypox, but a “notable fraction of cases” in the latest global outbreak are happening among gay and bisexual men, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

“Some groups may have a greater chance of exposure right now, but by no means is the current risk of exposure to monkeypox exclusively to the gay and bisexual community in the US,” said Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer for the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. “Anyone, anyone, can develop [and] spread monkeypox infection, but … many of those affected in the current global outbreak identified as gay and bisexual men.”

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What’s the latest on the coronavirus vaccine for children under 5? 

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday that three doses of their vaccine were safe and produced a strong immune response in children 6 months to 5 years old.

This followed Moderna’s earlier announcement about its two-dose vaccine being safe and producing a good immune response in young children.

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering Moderna’s application for emergency use authorization of its vaccine for this youngest age group and will also be considering Pfizer’s soon.

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CDC adds five new destinations to ‘high’ risk category for travel

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added five new destinations to its “high” risk category for travelers on Monday.

The Central American country of Belize, the Bahamas archipelago in the North Atlantic, the mountainous British overseas island territory of Montserrat, the Caribbean island country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the southern African country of Eswatini were all moved to Level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19.

Four of the destinations were previously listed as Level 2, “moderate” risk: Bahamas, Belize, Eswatini and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Montserrat moved up two risk levels from Level 1 or “low” risk.

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