More Than 700 Monkeypox Cases Globally: CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of more than 700 cases of monkeypox worldwide, including 21 cases in the United States, on Friday, and a study found that monkeypox has spread nationwide. Said it was suggested.

According to a new CDC report, 16 of the first 17 cases were identified as having sexual intercourse with a man, and 14 were thought to be travel-related.

All patients are recovering or recovering and there are no fatal cases.

“In the United States, there are some cases that are known to be related to known cases,” Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s Department of High-Result Pathogens and Pathology, told reporters by phone. ..

“Also, in the United States, there is at least one case where there is no travel link or you do not know how you got the infection.”

Monkeypox is a rare disease associated with smallpox but less severe, with a widespread rash that causes symptoms such as fever, chills, and pain.

Generally confined to West Africa and Central Africa, cases have been reported in Europe since May, and the number of affected countries has increased since then.

Canada also released new figures on Friday, counting 77 confirmed cases-almost all of them were detected in Quebec, where the vaccine was delivered.

Its new spread may be related to certain gay festivals in Europe, but monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. The main risk factor is skin-to-skin close contact with a person who has monkeypox pain.

A person is contagious until all the pain becomes a scab and new skin is formed.

“More than enough vaccine”

Raj Panjabi, Senior Director of the White House’s Global Health, Safety and Biodefense Division, added that 1,200 vaccines and 100 treatment courses were delivered to US states, where they provided close contact with infected individuals. rice field.

Currently, there are two licensed vaccines, ACAM2000 and JYNNEOS, developed for smallpox.

Smallpox has been eliminated, but the United States holds vaccines in strategic national reserves in case it is deployed as a biological weapon.

JYNNEOS is the more modern of the two vaccines and has fewer side effects.

“We continue to have sufficient vaccines available,” Dawn O’Connell, deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services’ preparation and response, told reporters.

In late May, the CDC said 100 million ACAM200 and 1,000 JYNNEOS were available, but O’Connell said the numbers changed on Friday, but for strategic reasons reveal the exact number. I couldn’t.

The CDC has also approved the diversion of two antiviral drugs used to treat smallpox, TPOXX and cidofovir, to the treatment of monkeypox.

“We are closely monitoring monkeypox, which can spread to any population, including anyone who can develop monkeypox and is not identified as a man having sexual intercourse with a man,” McKistton said. Mr. says.

That said, she added, the CDC has special support in the LGBT community.

Suspicious cases should be “persons with a new characteristic rash” or those who meet high suspicion criteria such as associated travel, close contact, or a man having sex with a man.

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