Elin Hilderbrand writes novels about people who summer in Nantucket and have lots of family secrets and complicated love lives. The books--whose covers feature beach scenes with women in sun hats and sherbet-colored towels fluttering in the sea breeze--reliably make the bestseller lists every July, snapped up by fans in search of vacation reading. Hilderbrand's seems a dreamy life, raking in the cash by offering fans a few hours of harmless, sunny escapism. But don't get too comfortable in that deck chair: Social media has arrived to harsh Hilderbrand's mellow. As described in an article in Publishers Weekly, readers on Instagram criticized Hilderbrand's summer 2021 book, The Golden Girl, for a passage in which two teens, Vivi and Savannah, discuss plans for Vivi to hide out in the attic of Savannah's house without Savannah's parents' knowledge: "You're suggesting I hide here all summer?"
California marked its first suspected case of monkeypox Tuesday, in a person in Sacramento County. The person, who recently traveled to Europe, is isolating at home and isn't in contact with other people, health officials said Tuesday. With case counts in the U.S. relatively low, why are officials paying close attention to this outbreak? And why are they less concerned about monkeypox than about COVID-19? "We're concerned enough about the pace at which new cases are developing worldwide that we want to raise everyone's attention to be very vigilant, so we can try and control this as quickly as possible," Dr. John Brooks, an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said during a briefing.
Health authorities are on alert for the spread of monkeypox, a rare viral disease first reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s, after new cases emerged in Europe, and the United States confirmed its first infection. Portugal said on Wednesday it had identified five cases of monkeypox, Spain said it was testing 23 potential cases, and the US state of Massachusetts announced it had found a case in a man who recently travelled to Canada. The United Kingdom was the first to confirm a case of monkeypox earlier this month. It has now detected seven cases and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the virus's spread after being unable to make a link between the initial case, in a man who had travelled from Nigeria, and the more recent ones. Health authorities suspect some of the infections may have occurred through sexual contact – in this instance among gay or bisexual men – with four of the UK cases identified among people who visited sexual health clinics after developing the rash associated with monkeypox.
While the United Kingdom has confirmed clusters of monkeypox infections and Spain and Portugal are both investigating suspected cases, the United States confirmed its first monkeypox infection of the year. A Massachusetts man was diagnosed with the viral disease and is hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital in stable condition, according to a recent news briefing. It is unclear if the U.S. case is linked to any of the cases abroad, but the patient did recently travel to Canada by car. Health officials in Quebec are investigating more than a dozen suspected monkeypox cases, according to a recent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report. "Given that we have seen now confirmed cases out of Portugal, suspected cases out of Spain, we're seeing this expansion of confirmed and suspect cases globally. We have a sense that no one has their arms around this to know how large and expansive it might be," said Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) division of high consequence pathogens and pathology.