State health officials urge unvaccinated Pennsylvanians to get polio vaccine | Five for the weekend

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With reports by a polio resurgence in New YorkPennsylvania officials are encouraging unvaccinated Pennsylvanians to get the vaccine.

Symptoms of the polio virus are similar to the flu and include: sore throat, fever, nausea and stomach pain. Some of those infected with the virus develop more serious symptoms such as paralysis, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health told the Capital-Star that there are currently no cases of polio in the Commonwealth and that no case of the virus has been reported in Pennsylvania in more than 40 years.

“However, the department would like to remind everyone of the importance of keeping up to date with vaccinations, including the polio vaccine,” Maggie Barton, a spokeswoman for the department, said. “For those who have not yet received their polio vaccine, we encourage them to contact their healthcare provider for more information and to schedule.”

Barton said the vaccines “have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing the occurrence of polio.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health “remains vigilant and is working to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to vaccinations in every corner of the state,” Barton said.

As always, this week’s top five stories are below.

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1. The FBI raider in Cincinnati grew up on a farm in central Pennsylvania

The gunman who tried to break into the FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday grew up on a farm in Perry County, in central Pennsylvania, The Washington Post reported.

Ricky W. Schiffer fled after trying to break into the visitor screening area of ​​the FBI office, the agency said. He led police on a chase that ended in a six-hour standoff when he stopped on a country road outside Cincinnati.

Schiffer, 42, was shot and killed by police after he raised a gun, authorities said.

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2. Jewish and Democratic leaders in Florida are calling on DeSantis to cancel Mastriano’s rally

Jewish and Democratic leaders in Florida have called on Sunshine State Gov. Ron DeSantis to cancel an appearance Friday in Pittsburgh where he was scheduled to campaign for Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.

In a video call with reporters Thursday, Rabbi Mark Winner, president of the Jewish Caucus of the Florida Democratic Party, said DeSantis’ alliance with Mastriano in Pennsylvania gives comfort and safe harbor to racists and bigots.

DeSantis has been criticized for extremist politics and what Winner described as “a subtle and intelligent kind of bigotry.” DeSantis came under fire earlier this year for not condemning a neo-Nazi demonstration in central Florida. DeSantis is running for re-election in November.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman (left) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro (right)
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3. A lead if they can keep it. Polls put Democrats Fetterman, Shapiro on top so far | Mark O’Keefe

John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro got some good news with last month’s Fox News poll showing them comfortably ahead of Republican challengers Dr. Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano.

Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, leads Oz, a renowned surgeon, 47 percent to 36 percent in the nationally watched U.S. Senate race, according to the poll.

Meanwhile, Shapiro, a two-term state attorney general, edged Mastriano, a state senator from Franklin County, 50-40 percent in the equally important race for governor.

Vaccination can help reduce the risk of monkeypox infection.  Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
Vaccination can help reduce the risk of monkeypox infection (Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images/The Conversation).

4. How is monkeypox spread? Epidemiologist explains | Analysis

Monkeypox is caused by a virus that, despite periodic outbreaks, is not believed to spread easily from person to person and has not historically stimulated long chains of transmission within communities. Many researchers are now left scratching their heads as to why monkeypox seems to be spreading so easily and unconventionally in the current global epidemic.

Monkeypox virus is usually spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions, such as mucus or saliva, or skin lesions. Skin lesions traditionally appear soon after infection as a rash – small pimples or round papules on the face, hands or genitals. These lesions can also appear in the mouth, eyes, and other parts of the body that produce mucus. They can last for several weeks and be a source of virus before they are completely cured. Other symptoms usually include high fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and headache.

Reality TV Star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Screenshot)

5. Fetterman recruits ‘Jersey Shore’ reality star to help troll Dr. Oz

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s online campaign for the U.S. Senate has largely focused on trolling his opponent, Mehmet Oz, best known for his television appearances in The Dr. Oz Show, with memes on social media. Now, Fetterman has enlisted another former TV personality to help ridicule the Republican candidate.

And that’s the week. See you back here next week.

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