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Monkeypox: What do we know about it?

Monkeypox: What do we know about it?
May 24 2022 Share

Should we be worried about monkeypox? The latest outbreak has, of yet, reached 17 countries with around 110 confirmed cases. 

Another 205 cases are also suspected, but no cases have yet been reported in Malta. The first patient in the current outbreak returned to the UK from Nigeria, where the virus is endemic.

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  • It is most common when people come in close contact with infected animals.
  • It does not spread easily and people usually recover within a few weeks.
  • Severe illness can occur in some people, with symptoms showing between 5 – 21 days after infection. 
  • It was first discovered in monkeys in 1958, with the first human case recorded in 1970.
  • Monkeypox does not spread as easy as COVID-19 and does so through respiratory droplets. 
  • Symptoms are flu-like fevers, headaches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. 
  • Vaccines for smallpox can protect against monkeypox. Only one specific for monkeypox was approved. 

The virus, being a DNA virus, does not replicate as fast as COVID-19, with the latter being an RNA virus. Testing for the virus occurs through swab samples taken from the patient and set to a specialist laboratory where PCR tests are run. 

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63-year-old motorcyclist dies in hospital after accident last week

63-year-old motorcyclist dies in hospital after accident last week
May 24 2022 Share

A motorcyclist who was grievously injured in a traffic incident last week in Gozo sadly lost his life on Monday evening. 

The police confirmed the unfortunate passing on Monday evening. The accident had occurred in Xewkija on May 17th. 

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It involved a Yamaha 250 being ridden by a 63-year-old man from Xaghra and a Mitsubishi Pajero driven by a 66-year-old man from Sannat.

The motorcyclist was transported to Gozo General Hospital, where his injuries were certified as serious. The man succumbed to his injuries, with Magistrate Simone Grech leading an inquiry. 

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Drainage and mosquitos in damaged Floriana subway

Drainage and mosquitos in damaged Floriana subway
May 24 2022 Share

Minority leader and general election candidate on behalf of the PN James Aaron Ellul took to Facebook to reveal the sorry state of the subway in Floriana.

Posting an image and a video to Facebook, Ellul said that he has just put forth a call for the damages to be fixed as soon as possible. 

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He said that if this is not done, the subway is closed off until the necessary works are done. ‘The situation is a precarious one and gives way for lots of abuse.’

‘This is a problem which has been ongoing for several years, with the work done not being sustainable. The residents and workers are suffering the consequences of the such carelessness’ he said. 

He called on the authorities to increase security in the zone and to maintain an upkeep of the area, along with the required to be carried out as soon as possible. 

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Kylian Mbappe lost 700,000 Instagram followers for rejecting Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe lost 700,000 Instagram followers for rejecting Real Madrid
May 24 2022 Share

Football sensation Kylian Mbappe has reportedly lost a whopping 700,000 followers on Instagram after he rejected Real Madrid and chose to stay with Paris Saint-Germain. 

The 23-year-old footballer was ready to join Real as a free agent as his previous PSG contract expired in the summer. 

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However, a lucrative offer in the last hours saw the player recommit to PSG and sign a three-year deal. Despite going down well in the French capital, it left a sour taste for many Madrid fans. 

It was reported that Mbappe’s follower count dropped from 71.6 million to 70.9 million on Saturday after his renewal was announced. He is the fourth most followed player on the platform, right behind PSG teammates Neymar and Messi as well as Manchester United star Ronaldo.

Some Real supporters have also shared screenshots of themselves blocking the player on Twitter. However, we doubt Mbappe has felt the tiny dent in his follower count as he has been allegedly promised some perks. 

He claims that he chose to stay at the club because his story is not complete yet. ‘I was free to make a decision, and I know how important that is in France. “It is the country where I have grown up. I have always lived here, and leaving my country wasn’t the right thing.’ 

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