100 Confirmed Cases of Monekeypox

Quoting the World Health Organization (WHO), CNN Health reported last week that there are 92 confirmed and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox in 12 countries, including the US.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scientists at the agency are monitoring some clusters of monkeypox. “It’s not clear how people in those clusters were exposed to monkeypox but cases include people who self-identify as men who have sex with men. CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.”

Quoting the CDC, CNN Health writes that, though monkeypox spreads to anyone but a “notable fraction of cases” in the latest global outbreak are happening among gay and bisexual men.

Some groups may have a greater chance of exposure right now, but by no means is the current risk of exposure to monkeypox exclusively to the gay and bisexual community in the US.

– Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer of CDC (source: CNN Health)

As of yesterday (Monday), there is a single confirmed case of monkeypox ( a man in in Massachusetts) and four suspected cases in the United States, CDC told CNN. The four suspected cases are reportedly from men in New York, Florida and Utah.

It is likely that there are going to be additional cases reported in the United States.

– Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a veterinarian and deputy director of the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (soruce: CNN)

The CDC official told CNN that the agency decided to hold the news conference before the Memorial day weekend because the LGBTQ pride month usually kicks off around this period, so that the community is aware of the monkeypox situation.

Dr Brooks told CNN “In some cases, during the early stages of illness, the rash has been mostly in the genital and perianal area. In some cases, it has produced anal or genital lesions that look like other diseases like herpes or chickenpox or syphilis.”

“What we’re trying to do by bringing attention to the fact that some of these cases have had a genital and perianal presentation is just to remind people that people may come in for an evaluation of what they think is an STD, but we’d like the provider to think ‘could it be monkeypox as well?’ if the circumstances fit the story.”

Regarding its nature of spread, CNN writes “Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, but it can spread through intimate contact during sex when someone has an active rash. It also can spread through large respiratory droplets, but because large droplets don’t travel far in the air, the contact has to be prolonged for this to happen.”

According to the CDC, monkeypox can spread through direct contact with bodily fluids or through contact with contaminated clothes or bedsheets.

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