The United States has become the global epicenter of the monkeypox epidemic, overtaking Spain after a record 24 hours in which 1,048 new cases were confirmed.
Updated figures from Wednesday show there are now 4,639 confirmed cases in the US
Spain currently has 3,738.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that the rise in cases was likely due to an increase in testing after it expanded capacity from 10,000 to 80,000 swabs a week.
By population—which takes into account that the U.S. has seven times as many people as Spain—America has about one case per 100,000 people.
The Spanish number is seven per 100,000.
The US infection rate is also lower than many other European countries including the UK and Germany (both three per 100,000).
Protesters hold a sign demanding the government do more to make the monkeypox vaccine available in New York on July 21
Experts fear the disease has already spread to more vulnerable groups, such as children under the age of eight, who health authorities say are at high risk of serious illness.
Two children — in California and “passing through” D.C. — have tested positive for monkeypox so far, the CDC says.
The U.S. response to monkeypox has been criticized for being too slow to introduce tests and vaccinations early in the epidemic, particularly among gay or bisexual men, where most cases are reported.
No deaths have been reported so far, but several patients have been hospitalized.
DailyMail.com averaged the daily increase in cases over the last seven available days to calculate how fast they were increasing every 24 hours.
This showed that the US is currently seeing an average of about 216 cases of monkeypox per day, while Spain is detecting 108 cases per day.
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His health ministry revealed the move on Monday, citing a “very limited” supply of stings and a rapid increase in cases.
They said: ‘This is extremely important because vaccinating more individuals in the first vaccination will help us stop the virus.’
America is introducing a two-dose Jynneous vaccine to combat monkeypox, with the second dose to be given four weeks after the first.
But some experts say it is possible to widen the gap – as has happened with the Covid vaccine in other countries – and ensure more people are vaccinated first.
A Food and Drug Administration vaccine adviser warned against the move, but said no studies had been done to determine whether it would ensure the shots would still be effective.
Both New York City and Washington DC offer monkeypox jabs to gay or bisexual men with multiple sexual partners.
Another European nation is unlikely to jump ahead as experts say many – including the UK – are now seeing their epidemic peaking.
Dr Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, said: “The US has slowly started large-scale testing, so they are now finding chains of transmission that have been going on for some time without interruption.
“We don’t know to what extent increased awareness, particularly in mainstream gay and bisexual communities, will slow down transmission.
“But it’s reasonable to say that the number of cases in the US will continue to grow and outpace the epidemic elsewhere.”
Spain is at the center of Europe’s monkeypox epidemic and is among the first countries to report the disease – with the first cases linked to unsafe sex between gay or bisexual men outside the country’s capital, Madrid, and to Pride events in the Canary Islands. .
Since then, the vast majority of cases have been found in the same group, but some have been reported in women – often those living with gay or bisexual men. A three-year-old child also tested positive for the virus.
The country’s health authorities have introduced vaccines to close contacts to reduce cases, but there have been problems obtaining doses.
Spain — like the U.S. — uses the Jynneous vaccine, but only had 200 doses available in early July. He said more batches would be ordered, but did not specify the number.
In the US, cases were initially mostly linked to international travel, particularly to Europe, but now many are found in people who contracted the disease in the country. Experts suggest the virus may have been circulating for some time before it was detected.
Hotspots New York City and Washington, D.C., have been introducing virus vaccines to gay or bisexual men with multiple partners within two weeks to cover the virus, but those programs have hit a brick wall because the federal agency is delivering too few doses. Government.
Spain has the most monkeypox cases per capita, while the US has the highest total
Both cities are now delaying the second batches due four weeks after the first due to demand.
A total of five million vaccines have been ordered so far, in addition to the more than one million that were available when the program began.
Testing also ramped up after it was quickly rejected due to strict guidelines on which samples could be tested, which led to only 23 swabs being checked for the virus a day at the start of the outbreak.
Five commercial laboratories have now been brought on board with a combined capacity of about 80,000 swabs per week.
Daily numbers have skyrocketed since then, with the biggest daily increase so far reported on Wednesday, with 1,048 cases in the past 24 hours.
A breakdown of the data by area shows that New York City currently has the largest outbreak, with 1,040 confirmed infections, according to the health department. The CDC says the state currently has 990 cases.
California followed with 356 and Illinois with 341.
Only four states – Maine, Montana, Vermont and Wyoming – have not yet detected a single infection with the disease.
It’s unclear whether other states — besides New York — are going to begin vaccinating gay or bisexual men, where most cases are detected, to help contain the epidemic.
Monkeypox is commonly found in West Africa, but earlier this year it was caught at the Pride festival in Spain.
Since then, more than 40 countries around the world – mostly in Europe – have reported cases of the disease, mostly among gay or bisexual men.
Unlike previous outbreaks, the disease appears to be mostly sexually transmitted, with lesions – which allow transmission – initially appearing in the genital and rectal areas.
Experts say the disease has probably already spread to other groups, but they are more at risk.
Two children were infected in the US last week.