10 Monkeypox Cases have now been Reported in 8 Different States. Vaccines are also being Mobilized where Needed
More updates on the Monkey Flu...
The CDC is once investigating more cases of the Monkey Flu as there has been an identified 10 monkeypox cases in eight different states as of yesterday according to Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
States with cases:
Most cases are reportedly “within gay [and] bisexual men and other men who have sex with men," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky. However, Virginia has announced its case is a woman.
"This is a community that has the strength and has demonstrated the ability to address challenges to their health by focusing on compassion and science.
While some groups may have a greater chance of exposure right now, infectious diseases do not care about state or international borders. They're not contained within social networks, and the risk of exposure is not limited to any one particular group."
Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
She had also urged Americans to “approach this outbreak without stigma and without discrimination."
Vaccines have also been mobilized by the United States to states with reported cases. "The US has the resources we need to help us respond to monkeypox in this country right now. We've been preparing for this type of outbreak for decades," she said.
As of now, the United States has two vaccines and two antiviral treatments for orthopox which is the family of viruses that monkeypox falls into.
"One of these vaccines, with the trade name of Jynneos, is approved for the prevention of monkeypox disease in adults 18 years of age and older. CDC has mechanisms in place to move these products around the country so that they can be used for prevention or treatment for people who may benefit, wherever they may be."
Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
"In Massachusetts, they got it as the Jynneos vaccine as of Sunday, and we're offering it to health care providers who've had a high-risk exposure or are eligible according to the state and CDC guidance."
Dr. Rajesh Ramesh Panjabi
"Right now, while we are in the early phase of investigating this, we know that those at highest risk for infection are those who had contact with a known monkeypox patient, with the kind of contact that would facilitate spread. So those are the individuals we're really focusing on recommending vaccination for right now: post-exposure vaccination.
We continue to watch what is happening and think about whether wider vaccination recommendations would make sense, but at this time, we only have nine known cases, and we have contacts that we've identified associated with those cases that would likely most benefit from vaccines. And so that's where we're focusing our energies right now."
Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology said.
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