Every American should “keep an eye out” for a monkeypox outbreak because the disease could spread to more groups than just gays, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned Thursday, as US cases topped 4,600 and became the highest. add up in the world.
Dr. Xavier Becerra, the HHS secretary, issued a stark warning during a press conference, adding that infections with the disease are “painful” and can also be dangerous. He insisted that it was “absolutely” still possible for the US to eliminate monkeypox.
The vast majority of cases are still among gay or bisexual men, but last week America reported its first two cases in children — a toddler in California and an infant traveling through Washington DC — and a pregnant woman who tested positive when she was nearly full. period.
Top experts have been warning for weeks that other groups could become infected with the disease because transmission does not require sexual contact, but only close contact, such as hugging or cleaning the rash of an infected person.
Becerra’s comments came after the number of infections in the US rose by 1,048 on Thursday to become the highest in the world, with officials warning that it would continue to rise for “weeks”. California and New York accounted for 75 percent of the increase, which was blamed for “historic” cases being added to the list.
No deaths have been reported in the US so far, while only one in Nigeria has been registered in this global outbreak of more than 20,000 cases. But there are fears that if the disease were to spread to more vulnerable groups – including children and pregnant women – more deaths would be recorded.
Dr. Xevier Becerra, who heads the Department of Health and Human Services, warned that all Americans should be concerned about the spread of monkeypox. Captain Jennifer McQuiston, who is involved in the response at the CDC, warned that the number of cases will likely continue to rise for weeks.
At a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conference, Becerra warned, “Every American should pay attention to monkeypox.
“Chickenpox is not Covid, but it is contagious, painful and can be dangerous. Our goal at HHS is – to stay ahead of the virus and stop the outbreak. We are doing everything we can in this regard.’
He added: “When it comes to the question, can we not only stay ahead, but end this epidemic – absolutely. We believe we have done all we can at the federal level [for this].’
A pregnant woman tests positive for monkeypox in America
A pregnant woman in the United States has tested positive for monkeypox, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.
The woman has now given birth to her baby, who does not appear to have caught the virus that causes the rash from the mother.
The CDC has released limited information about the case, including where in the U.S. the woman was based. It is also unclear when the woman was infected or exactly when she gave birth.
Health officials said both were “doing well,” but the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned on Tuesday that a pregnant woman could face “profound risk” from the virus.
An antenatal doctor told DailyMail.com that women in the early stages of pregnancy face the greatest risk of monkeypox. The mother may have been in the final stages of pregnancy at the time of infection, as she had recently given birth.
The newborn received immunoglobin, an infusion of antibodies capable of fighting diseases including monkeypox, officials said. It is unclear what treatment the mother received.
It is the first infection detected in a pregnant woman in the United States and comes after America reported its first two infections in children last week. The pediatric cases were unrelated and were identified in California and Washington DC
Becerra also urged any American offered the vaccine to get it, pointing out that even with Covid — which may still be deadlier than monkeypox — many Americans still haven’t gotten the shot.
Nearly 800,000 additional doses of the vaccine have arrived in the United States and are now being made available to states, they revealed today. That’s more than double the total of 338,000 that have been given out so far.
Health officials also say another 5.5 million are expected to arrive by May next year and another 11.1 million should be stored if the epidemic worsens.
Most states currently implement vaccines for close contacts with reported cases, with New York and Washington DC offering them to all gay or bisexual men who have multiple sexual contacts within a fortnight. Both scaled back plans to offer a second dose – usually given 28 days after the first – due to a shortage of supplies.
Top officials also took to the airwaves yesterday to warn men who have sex with men to “limit” their sexual contacts to help limit the spread of the disease.
Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a pathology expert at the CDC, told the briefing that almost every case of monkeypox was seen in a man, with the “vast majority” saying they had sex with other men. They were on average 35 years old, with the oldest being 76 years old.
About two-fifths of the cases were detected in white men, while another two-fifths were in the Hispanic population and nearly 30 percent were among black individuals. Four percent were Asian.
Almost every case experienced a rash during the infection, with fatigue, fever and swollen lymph nodes making up the rest of the four most common symptoms.
No deaths from the disease have yet been reported in the US, but there are growing concerns that it could spread to more vulnerable groups, including children and pregnant women.
The disease requires only physical contact to spread—such as petting or brushing an infected person’s arm—or it can be acquired from scabs from a patient left in bed. Sexual contact is not necessary.
This week, the CDC revealed the first two cases in children — a California toddler and an infant who traveled through Washington, DC. Another infection was also found in a pregnant woman, although the location was not disclosed.
Health officials say all cases are “doing well”. However, data suggests that children under the age of eight are at higher risk of serious illness than adults. Pregnant women are also more at risk, especially those in the first ten weeks of pregnancy, where the disease could lead to abnormalities in the baby’s developing organs.
Other experts warned that monkeypox had probably already spread to other groups, but that it had not yet been detected because officials were conducting too few tests.
Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, said Denmark has an additional 11.1 million doses available in the U.S. that are currently in storage.
She said these will be deployed with additional funding from Congress and cases will be escalated if deemed necessary.
An additional 1,048 cases of monkeypox were reported in the US yesterday, with McQuiston saying most of that number was “historic”, with infections only now being added to the list.
This makes the US outbreak the largest in the world, with Spain – among the first countries to report cases – lagging behind with 3,738 infections, next to Germany with 2,540.
But when we look at the data by population — which is more accurate because it takes country sizes into account — it shows that of the ten countries with the highest number of cases, the U.S. has the eighth largest outbreak.
Spain tops the table with the highest number of cases per capita, followed by Portugal and the Netherlands.