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UA President Robert C. Robbins during a press conference in April 2020.

With students slated to return to campus next week, University of Arizona officials pushed for vaccinations and testing to blunt an expected "confluence" of diseases—including flu, COVID-19, and monkeypox. Read more»

A patient with monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997. The rash is common with the disease, which is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa.

Cases of monkeypox have continued to rise in Pima County, with 18 confirmed as of Monday, but officials have no plans for public health mandates, like those from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote on how to address the affordability crisis in the Tucson-area rental market.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a five-part plan to tackle the affordable housing crunch in the Tucson area. It's a step but tens of thousands of affordable units are needed. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Oregon State University researchers testing wastewater for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen speaks at virtual press conference on Monday.

Pima County has vaccinated more than 600 residents who were at risk of contracting monkeypox, starting in early July, and the county is now running short although it expects to receive more doses in August. Read more»

Monkeypox virus particles from a human skin sample, related to a 2003 prairie dog Monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox cases in Pima County are expected to grow, with residents most at risk being people with multiple intimate partners, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said. Local groups are fighting a false perception the painful infection only affects gay men. Read more»

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox virus particles (gold) cultivated and purified from cell culture.

The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday, following pressure from lawmakers and health experts to open up more resources to contain the growing outbreak. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen of the Pima County Health Department talks to the press on the first case of monkeypox reported here.

Pima County reported its first case of monkeypox on Tuesday, with supplies of vaccines arriving soon for people who come into contact with the virus. The BA.5 variant of COVID is spreading quickly, officials said. Read more»

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services announced the first probable case of monkeypox in the state Tuesday in a man in his late 30s. Read more»

You might be wound up by feverish cable news chatter about monkeypox, but is that really the biggest problem on the planet right now? Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen at FEMA site in May 2021

Pima County is seeing an uptick in COVID cases though hospitalizations remain low, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said Friday. She also discussed the county's plans in case of a monkeypox outbreak, and the distribution of free gun locks in the coming weeks. Read more»