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Monkey pox could become endemic in “worst public health failure of modern times,” former FDA director

Monkey pox could become endemic in "worst public health failure of modern times," former FDA director

Monkeypox becoming endemic in the US would be the “worst public health failure of modern times” because it was preventable, a former director of the Food and Drug Administration said.

Writing in a commentary over the weekend, Dr. Scott Gottlieb pointed out that — unlike when Covid first appeared — there were already reliable vaccines and tests available to stop the disease.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) failed to act quickly, instead following the same “long checklist” and making many of the same mistakes as when Covid struck.

He wrote in the New York Times that if the disease took hold, it would be a disaster because it was preventable and because the infections — which blister the body — are painful. Many patients said their symptoms were “worse than Covid”.

Last month, Gottlieb predicted that the number of cases — then 1,800 — was only a fraction of the actual number. Since then, the number has risen to more than 5,000, with the CDC now detecting about 250 new infections a day.

This is the second time Gottlieb has spoken to the CDC's response.  He previously warned that the slow pace leaves the country with the risk of the virus becoming endemic

This is the second time Gottlieb has spoken to the CDC’s response. He previously warned that the slow pace leaves the country with the risk of the virus becoming endemic

Gottlieb wrote in an op-ed: “If monkeypox takes hold in the United States and becomes an endemic virus that joins our circulating repertoire of pathogens, it will be one of the worst public health failures of modern times.

“Not only because of the pain and danger of the disease, but also because it was so preventable.”

India reports first death from monkeypox, 10th worldwide

Indian authorities reported the first possible monkeypox death in Asia on Monday after the death of a man who recently returned from the United Arab Emirates tested positive.

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The Kerala state health department said tests on the 22-year-old man “showed that the man had monkeypox”.

So far, four monkeypox-related deaths have been reported outside Africa in the outbreak, which the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency.

The Indian died in Kerala on July 30, about a week after he returned from the United Arab Emirates and was taken to hospital.

However, it was not clear whether monkeypox was the cause of death.

“The youth had no symptoms of monkeypox. He was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of encephalitis and fatigue,” the Indian Express quoted Kerala Health Minister Veena George as saying on Sunday.

Other deaths from monkeypox are: two in Spain, one in Brazil, one in Ghana, three in Nigeria and two in the Central African Republic.

He added: “When around 100 cases of monkeypox were confirmed or suspected in Europe in May, it was clear that the virus was spreading beyond areas where it had previously been seen. These messages should have been code red for the CDC.

“But it wasn’t until late June that the agency expanded monkeypox testing to large commercial labs like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp to gain more capacity and access.

“Time is running out. Diseases like Zika, Covid and monkeypox are dire warnings that dangerous pathogens are on the move.

“Next time could be worse – a deadly strain of flu or something more sinister like the Marburg virus.”

“We now note that the nation is still unprepared and that our vulnerability is enormous.”

Gottlieb also called for the CDC to refocus specifically on fighting infectious diseases.

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He said cancer and heart disease could be handled by the National Institutes of Health, while smoking could be moved under the Food and Drug Administration.

Gottlieb previously told reporters that the window to stop the endemic disease in the U.S. is likely closing, if not already closed.

He said at the time that the national figure – then 1,800 cases – was probably “just a fraction” of the total due to poor testing coverage.

Since then, the number of cases has increased to more than 5,000.

He also warned that monkeypox had probably already spread beyond gay or bisexual men, but that this had not yet been discovered.

Again, it has since been detected in two children – one living in California and the other passing through Washington DC – and a pregnant woman.

It comes after New York over the weekend became the first state to declare monkeypox a “disaster emergency.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced late Friday that monkeypox is now a state of emergency as her administration tries to disperse vaccines to prevent the spread.

People imagined a line for the monkeypox vaccine in New York today

People imagined a line for the monkeypox vaccine in New York today

A line is forming to get the first dose of monkeypox vaccine.  Second doses are delayed due to lack of available injections

A line is forming to get the first dose of monkeypox vaccine. Second doses are delayed due to lack of available injections

It was possible to register for the meetings via a link, another is published by the city's Ministry of Health

It was possible to register for the meetings via a link, another is published by the city’s Ministry of Health

The announcement comes amid a surge in monkeypox cases in New York, the current US epicenter of the epidemic, where the number of cases topped 1,400 on Friday.

Hochul tweeted: “I am declaring a state of emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to combat the monkeypox outbreak.

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“This executive order allows us to respond more quickly and allows health professionals to take additional steps to help vaccinate more New Yorkers.”

Hochul continued, “More than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country are in New York, which is currently disproportionately impacting at-risk groups.

“We are constantly working to secure more vaccines, expand testing capacity and educate New Yorkers about how to stay safe.”

Monkeypox currently affects gay men the most, with an estimated 95 percent of American infections occurring among them. Home to one of the largest LGBT communities in the United States, New York City is waiting to receive 110,000 federal government doses and 800,000 monkeypox vaccines in the pipeline — but Hochul still wants more.

Timeline of monkeypox in the United States

May 18: America reports first case of monkeypox in a Massachusetts man

June 22: US finally expands testing capacity to more than 80,000 swabs per week. To date, 156 cases have been identified in a dozen states.

July 1st: An additional 2.5 million doses of Jynneous vaccine are purchased for states. This is an expansion of the existing stock of 2,200 doses.

July 7th: New York City and Washington DC begin rolling out monkeypox vaccines for gay or bisexual men. Complaints immediately hit the offer.

July 22: America reports first two cases of monkeypox in children

July 26: America becomes the country with the most recorded cases of monkeypox in the world.

July 27th: A pregnant woman tests positive for monkeypox in the United States.

July 29: Spain reports the first death from the disease in Europe.

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