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Airborne Transmission of Monkeypox

In a recently published guidance, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency said that monkeypox spread through small virus particles that linger in the air “has not been reported”. It said that transmission through “saliva or respiratory secretions” during face-to-face contact highly likely, but because these secretions “drop out of the air quickly,” there are no reporting of such a airborne transmission.

According to the CDC, “In instances where people who have monkeypox have travelled on airplanes, no known cases of monkeypox occurred in people seated around them, even on long international flights” and therefore the agency “recommends that people infected with monkeypox wear a mask if they must be around others in their homes if close, face-to-face contact is likely.”

Retarding the transmission of monkeypox, the agency website notes:

“Monkeypox virus can spread when a person comes into contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected person, or materials contaminated with the virus. The virus can also cross the placenta from the mother to her fetus. Monkeypox virus may spread from animals to people through the bite or scratch of an infected animal, by handling wild game, or through the use of products made from infected animals. The virus may also spread through direct contact with body fluids or sores on an infected person or with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens.”

“Monkeypox spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores. At this time, it is not known if monkeypox can spread through semen or vaginal fluids.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of June 11) 756,104,155 doses have been distributed and 590,795,244 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 10,109,022 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of June 10) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,527,145 with 12,713 deaths.