Health & Wellness

Is Monkeypox is ‘Out of Control’ in the US

Quoting recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NPR News writes that there are more than 1,800 cases of Monkeypox since the virus was first discovered in the US.

The CDC is reportedly “trying to identify cases and possible outbreak areas by ramping up testing capacity — from 6,000 tests a week to 70,000. And by the middle of next year, the U.S. expects to have 7 million vaccine doses”.

Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, incident commander for the monkeypox response at the CDC, told NPR News “Monkeypox is very different. It’s not spread easily. It requires direct, close contact. And most of the cases that we’re aware of are associated with intimate contact and even sexual contacts.”

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reportedly told “We’ve updated our vaccine allocation strategy to Phase 2B. We continue to prioritize both jurisdictions, seeing the greatest number of cases and communities of highest risk. I want to acknowledge that at this time, demand for vaccines from jurisdictions is higher than our current available supply and we know that this is frustrating.”

During the Sunday show, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, reportedly told that “that it may be too late to control and contain the virus and compared the response to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the US is making ‘a lot of the same mistakes,’ such as a lack of testing early on and not enough vaccines distributed to the community.”

Responding to Dr Gottlieb’s comment, Dr Walensky pushed back and told to CNN “It is true that we have work to do — here and internationally — and are likely to see more monkeypox cases in the near term, but it is possible to significantly decrease the number of cases and contain the current monkeypox outbreak through education and increased testing and access to vaccines — all priorities we’ve made dramatic progress on.”

“We continue to update the public, partners, and the community about how to protect themselves through daily outreach on our website, media briefings, and partner calls,” which involve “90+ partner organizations, including state, tribal, local or territorial partners, public health organizations, clinical, community, LGBTQ+ organizations that forward to their members,” Dr Walensky told to CNN.