Not just earthquakes: Coxsackie and other viruses that “keep us awake at night”

Mexico was hit by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Michoacán on Monday, September 19. In addition, on the morning of this Thursday the 22nd, an aftershock of 6.9 degrees set off the alarms and woke up the Mexicans before the fear of a new ‘shock’.

The tremors left structural damage to dozens of homes, as well as the death of five people: three due to the earthquake itself (counting a five-month-old baby) and another two indirectly.

But in addition to the recent earthquakes in Mexico, the country and the world are experiencing a context of alert for the arrival of diseases of concern to the scientific community.

Despite the fact that COVID cases are going down in the world, certain places are once again implementing protection measures to prevent the spread of new viruses, as happened with the pandemic declared in March 2020.

These are the viruses and diseases that concern the world heading into 2023:

monkey pox

Monkeypox cases continue in the world, mainly in Latin Americato the extent that the World Health Organization (WHO) decreed the region as the epicenter of the virus.

In Mexico reported more than 300 cases in the last weekwhile globally there are more than 60 thousand people infected and 23 deaths from the virus.

The WHO declared monkeypox an “international emergency” on July 23.


The virus also known as hand foot mouth disease was responsible for the closure of a school in Morelos. This condition spreads quickly in girls and boys.

Although Coxsackie symptoms are not high risk, for the most part. The authorities consider that an infection by the virus can cause more serious illnesses.

Variant of COVID Centaurus

On September 14, the first case of the omicron subvariant known as Centaurus was confirmed, the same one for which health experts alert, since can spread faster than other variants of COVID.

According to an analysis shared by Dr. Ulrich Elling in early July, Centaurus presents up to eight mutations in its spike compared to BA.5which is currently predominant.

Although the world reports fewer and fewer COVID-19 infections, with Centaurus there is a risk that positive cases increase again. Moreover, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) already foresees a new COVID outbreak in Mexico for November and December.

A virus recently discovered in a bat in Russian and similar to SARS-CoV-2, it is capable of entering human cells and would be resistant to vaccines, but it lacks some of the genes thought to be involved in human pathogenesis.

The virus has called Khosta-2 and it is a sarbecoviruss, the same subcategory as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, indicates the study that publishes Plos Pathogenes.

Polio in New York

On September 9, the state of New York, in the United States, declared a “state of emergency” for the spread of polio after being found in sewage samples in Nassau County, Long Island.

Physicians and registered nurses may issue standing orders not specific to patients for the polio vaccinereported the New York Department of Health in a statement.

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Not just earthquakes: Coxsackie and other viruses that “keep us awake at night”

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