New York City now has seven cases of monkeypox, most of which have been confirmed in the past three days, as CDC officials urged doctors to ramp up testing for the previously rare virus that has suddenly spread around the world.
Meanwhile, two prominent experts in the field of infectious diseases warned, Saturday, that time is necessary to stop the spread of the virus, and that the “window is closing” to contain it before it becomes an endemic epidemic.
The two new cases in New York City, which the city’s health department reported Friday night, lead to five new cases in the past three days. Monkeypox is now spreading very quickly around the world, and top global health officials say they don’t know if it is “too late to contain”.
In a sign that the situation may be more advanced than initially understood, the CDC said Friday that there appear to be two separate and distinct outbreaks occurring outside Africa, with some virus samples seen in the United States that differed from samples seen in the outbreak. Europe.
Symptoms take 7 to 14 days to appear, but can take up to 21 days to appear
How does monkeypox spread?
The vast majority of cases in the United States are in men who have sex with men, and many patients have reported international travel. To date, there is one confirmed case of unknown origin. The CDC said all patients across the country are recovering or have already recovered.
Agency officials, briefing with reporters, emphasized that public health risks remain low, vaccine stocks are currently abundant, and that it is “too early to tell” whether the virus will become a pandemic in the United States.
As of Friday afternoon, the CDC said there were 25 confirmed cases nationwide since the last outbreak. That’s nearly triple the number a week ago.
The agency is asking doctors to do a more aggressive test for monkeypox, even if they think the patient has symptoms of another sexually transmitted disease.
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“They should get monkeypox tested even if they think they might have tested positive for a more common STI,” Jennifer McQuston, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of pathogenesis and pathology, said on a call with reporters.
Of the first 17 confirmed cases, all 17 people developed a rash and most had tiredness or chills. The majority had a rash on their arm or chest, although many other spots were also affected.
Globally, the World Health Organization has identified infections from the current outbreak in at least 12 countries.
So far, the World Health Organization says, there is no link between this outbreak and travel to countries where the virus is already endemic.
“We don’t really know if it’s too late to contain the disease. What the WHO and all member states are trying to do is to prevent the spread of the disease,” Dr. Rosamund Lewis, WHO technical lead on monkeypox, said during a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday. .
Monkey pox “close the window”
As the virus spreads, those with a background in infectious disease history are warning that time is of the essence to contain it.
“The window is closed. If we can’t contain now, that means more work later. Again, #LGBTQ The groups don’t seem to see the urgency of the moment, they’re really concerned about stigma, but they’re not interested in getting rid of this outbreak to take care of this outbreak,” Yale University epidemiologist and AIDS activist Greg Gonsalves said Saturday morning.
His peers agreed and called on the LGBTQ community to make a more vigorous effort to fight proliferation.
“Monkeypox eradication window is closing. LGBTQ groups can use it #GayPrideMonth # Hahaha Events to educate, screen, test, vaccinate…before it’s too late,” Celine Gunder, an infectious disease specialist at New York University and a former COVID adviser in the Biden administration, tweeted in response to Gonsalves.
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958, when the disease broke out in colonies of monkeys preserved for research – which gave rise to its name. (What you need to know about monkeypox.)
The first human case was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which still has the majority of infections. Other African countries in which it was found: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: It presents as a flu-like illness with swollen lymph node and rash on the face and body.
Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Monkeypox also causes swollen lymph nodes, something smallpox does not. The incubation period is usually 7 to 14 days but can range from 5 to 21 days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges US health care providers to be vigilant for patients who develop a rash consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have traveled or have a specific risk of developing monkeypox. Find more information from the travel notice here.