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U.S. reports first death from monkeypox

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Texas confirms an adult diagnosed with monkeypox has died in what’s believed to be the nation’s first recorded fatality

Health officials in Texas are investigating what appears to be the first death linked to an individual with a confirmed case of monkeypox.

On Tuesday, an adult diagnosed with monkeypox died. However, officials say the individual had a severely compromised immune system.

Currently, health officials are still investigating what role monkeypox played in the person’s death.

While monkeypox is generally non-life threatening, people with compromised immune systems are considered “higher risk” of severe disease.

The U.S. is dealing with the largest monkeypox outbreak in the world right now, with more than 18,000 cases reported across the country.

According to CDC data, infections have been confirmed in every single state as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

As the U.S. battles this outbreak, health officials are hoping to contain it through the administration of vaccines, expanded testing, distribution of antiviral treatments, and education for gay and bisexual men about the virus.

“People with monkeypox may first develop symptoms including a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion and enlarged lymph nodes followed by a rash,” explains Dr. Demetre Daskalalakis, Director of the CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention.

“In recent cases, patients have developed localized rashes on or near the genitals or anus without prior flu-like symptoms,” he added.

“Anyone—regardless of gender or sexual orientation—can develop and spread monkeypox. Many of those affected in the current global outbreaks identify as gay or bisexual men. However, the current risk of exposure to monkeypox is not exclusive to gay and bisexual men in the United States,” he said.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Amazon turns to deforestation in Africa

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Amazon’s founder and CEO is no stranger to making headlines, and his latest venture is sure to turn some heads.

Bezos is looking to help reverse deforestation on 100 million acres of land in Africa by 2030.

The billionaire’s philanthropic organisation, the Bezos Earth Fund, is championing the cause and working with African Union countries to make it happen.

If successful, it would be a major win for the environment and help preserve some of Africa’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems.

So why is Bezos focusing on Africa?

Well, the continent is home to some of the world’s most endangered species and its ecosystems are under immense pressure from human activity.

His organisation’s efforts could help to protect these animals and their habitats, while also providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It comes as the Earth Fund’s CEO says richer countries are going to have to step up the support for their struggling counterparts…

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Four killed in Himalayas avalanche

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At least four people have been killed and dozens more are missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas.

The avalanche victims were part of a group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were practicing navigation at the time.

The students were from different parts of India, and had come to the Himalayas for a mountaineering course.

So far, eight people have been rescued, while the rest are trapped in a crevasse.

Search efforts have been paused for the night due to intense rain and snowfall.

Local media reports say the number of casualties may rise significantly as further details emerge.

It comes just one week after American professional skier, Hilaree Nelson was also found in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe

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Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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