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U.S. reports first death from monkeypox



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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How has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?



Many global issues continue to have an impact on multiple sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, how has the hospitality industry changed ?

Numerous international challenges including inflation, worker shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and rising tensions between the United States and China—continue to have an impact on many sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

According to the 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, the foodservice sector is forecast to reach $997-billion in sales in 2023—driven in part by higher menu prices.

So, how has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joins us to discuss. #PriyaKrishna #thenewyorktimes #food #hospitality #economy #veronicadudo #business

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Why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?



American diners across the nation may be bewildered by an unfamiliar charge at the bottom of the check—a“service charge,”tacked on with little explanation.

So, why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

You’ve probably noticed it’s a lot more expensive to go out to eat.

The post-covid world is still working try and get back to pre-pandemic economic output.

And the hospitality industry is no different.

An increasing number of restaurants have added service charges of up to 22%—or more—in recent years in to keep up with rising costs.

So, are these changes in the hospitality industry a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joined us to discuss. #hospitality #restaurants #PriyaKrishna #veronicadudo #inflation #pandemic #economy #thenewyorktimes

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China and the U.S. now caught up in a deadly game



As the U.S. and Chinese defence bosses spoke in Beijing, many in the room realised one thing – the two are far from ready to talk.

A thinly veiled criticism of the United States was delivered by Chinese Defence Minister General Li Shangfu.

In his first public statement to an international audience since becoming defence minister in March, Li highlighted China’s Global Security Initiative, a set of foreign policy principles and directions in line with Beijing’s style of diplomacy, which was announced in April last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“It practises exceptionalism and double standards and only serves the interests and follows the rules of a small number of countries,” he told Asia’s biggest defence conference.

Among them are opposition to unilateral sanctions and economic development as a means of stemming instability and conflict.

“Its so-called rules-based international order never tells you what the rules are, and who made these rules,” Li said in a speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, without naming the US or its partners.

#featured #china #li shangfu #south china sea #taiwan

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