Monkeypox 2022: Biden administration ramps up monkeypox testing with 142 confirmed cases in US

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has begun sending monkeypox tests to commercial laboratories to speed up diagnoses for suspected infections with the virus, which has already infected at least 142 people in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends tests to labs including Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare, which would greatly expand the nation’s health system capacity to test for monkeypox. Until now, testing has been largely confined to public health labs, which have a combined capacity of about 8,000 tests per week.

“All Americans should be concerned about cases of monkeypox,” Health Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Fortunately, we now have the tools to fight and treat cases in America. By dramatically expanding the number of testing sites across the country, we are making it possible for anyone who needs to be tested to do so.”

The disease initially causes flu-like symptoms before developing into a rash on the face and body, and is common in parts of central and west Africa. But this year, 1,880 infections were reported in more than 30 countries where monkeypox is not normally found.

Most of these cases have been found in Europe. As of June 21, the CDC has confirmed 142 monkeypox infections in the United States

Monkeypox comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox. Most people recover from monkeypox within weeks, but the disease is fatal in up to 1 in 10 people, according to the World Health Organization.

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