What's the Latest Situation of Monkeypox in America?

What's the Latest Situation of Monkeypox in America?
What's the Latest Situation of Monkeypox in America?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) warned on Monday that it expects more rare cases of monkeypox to emerge in the United States in the coming weeks, although it has only confirmed one so far.

He also noted that he was evaluating four more possible cases associated with the same disease. One of the last is being treated in isolation in New York.

The sample from the New York City patient is one of four the CDC considers to have tested positive for the orthopox virus, the family of viruses to which monkeypox belongs.

Contract tracing continues, a term all too familiar to New Yorkers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first US-confirmed case of contagious monkeypox, caused by a viral infection similar to that that causes smallpox and cowpox, in 2022, was reported in Massachusetts last week.

The specimen is the West African genetic variant, the milder of the two monkeypox genetic variants, according to the CDC. Most people who become infected recover within two to four weeks with little or no intervention.

Monkeypox is rare in the US. It does not occur naturally here, according to the CDC. Any confirmed case in the United States is typically associated with international travel or importation of animals from regions where the disease is more common.

Most of the potential cases the CDC is investigating do not include recent travels to countries that typically see a lot of monkeypox, so it says it is working diligently to monitor links. The risk to the general public currently appears low.

Monkeypox is rarely identified outside of Africa, but as of Friday, there were 50 confirmed cases worldwide, including at least two in the United States and 80 other suspected cases. The World Health Organization says outbreaks in North America and Europe may be due to sex between men – a total of 200 confirmed and suspected cases are now being reported worldwide.

A possible case of monkeypox was also investigated Sunday in Broward County, South Florida, which state health officials say is related to international travel.
Asked about the investigation on Sunday, President Joe Biden said that monkeypox is something Americans should "concern" about.
"They haven't told me the level of exposure yet, but it's something everyone should be concerned about," the Democrat said, releasing the first public comments about the disease amid the current investigation.

Biden added that studies are ongoing to determine which vaccine might be effective. It was also quick to reassure the public on Monday that the threat from monkeypox did not rise to the same level of threat as COVID.

source: nbcnewyork


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