Summer of Multiple Viruses in US

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In a recent The Washington Post article, Mark Johnson writes cases with Covid-19, monkeypox, polio and other viruses that were prevalent during the summer reflected a continuing signs for travel warning.

The Post reporter Johnson writes “A third year of the coronavirus, driven by a more contagious variant. Global outbreaks of monkeypox and a mysterious hepatitis afflicting previously healthy children. Polio virus found in the sewage systems in London and New York. And polio diagnosedin patients in Jerusalem and Rockland County where Chak works, a region of more than 300,000 people just north of New York City.

Jeremy Greene, who teaches the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told the Post “Any prior narrative that we have somehow conquered infectious diseases through treatment and preventive measures hasn’t really come to pass. The attention to covid-19 as a once-in-a-lifetime historical pandemic is itself already a wishful statement … . Many within the infectious-disease community have already been expecting some ‘Next’ to emerge.”

We live in a world of microbial evolution and the microbes are taking every advantage they can.

– Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota (source: The Washington Post)

German virologist Karin Moelling said “We are the invaders of the viral world, not vice versa.”

Jimmy Whitworth, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, epidemiology and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told the Post “It used to be that if one outbreak were reported, out of the hundred or so going on in Africa at any one time, that was quite something. But now, many more get reported.”

Stephen Kissler, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told the Post “One of the things that comes along with the increased attention that we’re paying to contagion is that we are looking at wastewater for all sorts of things now, including polio. We’re able to detect it in places where it might just have gone unnoticed before. He believes that the high level of viral activity this summer is partly just poor luck, in the same way that a bad storm is partly bad luck. But it’s bad luck painted over the top of this trend where we can start to expect these events more and more frequently.”