WHO doctor explains how monkeypox spread among humans
Monkeypox cases in the UK have nearly tripled as infections continue to be reported in the United States.
The latest figures, released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on Monday afternoon, confirmed the number of cases in England has risen by 36, bringing the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases since May 7 to 56.
Scotland confirmed its first case on the same day, bringing the total to 57.
There are now reports of monkeypox infections in Utah, New York, Massachusetts and Florida in the United States.
It comes as sexual activity at raves in Europe may have sparked the international monkeypox outbreak, a senior adviser to the World Health Organization said.
dr David Heymann, who used to head the global public health agency’s emergency department, said the leading theory focused on sexual transmission at two events in Spain and Belgium.
In the current outbreak, there were more than 100 confirmed or suspected monkeypox infections worldwide, mostly occurring in Europe.
“We don’t need to panic,” say public health officials
Monkeypox won’t cause the same kind of earth-shattering disease outbreak as Covid, according to health officials.
“We smuggled vaccines away from our government,” Blossom Damania, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, told NBC. “I don’t think people need to be worried. Monkeypox is a serious disease. We have to respect them and take them seriously, but we don’t have to panic.”
There are also two FDA-approved therapeutic drugs for smallpox that are likely to treat the rare disease.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 04:00
According to the CDC, LGBTQ+ people account for a “remarkable percentage” of monkeypox cases
Public health officials are quick to note that people of all identities can get and spread monkeypox, but they have said a “remarkable fraction of cases” during this year’s outbreak are affecting gay and bisexual men.
“Some groups may currently have a greater chance of exposure to monkeypox, but the current risk of exposure to monkeypox is by no means exclusive to the gay and bisexual community in the United States,” said Dr. John Brooks, Chief Medical Officer for the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention said Monday. “Everyone, everyone can develop [and] spread monkeypox, but…many of those affected in the current global outbreak identified as gay and bisexual men.”
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 3:30 am
The US considered mass vaccination that could have stopped monkeypox
After the September 11 attacks, US officials considered vaccinating the entire population against smallpox, a treatment that would also have protected against monkeypox.
However, the decision was ruled out because older smallpox vaccines carry a low risk of serious side effects, meaning mass vaccination campaigns would inevitably put some at risk.
“In the end, the decision was no because of the negative consequences of vaccinating many people,” said Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health The New York Times.
“Side effects from vaccines are rare,” he added. “But once you start giving it millions of people, they will start to add up.”
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 2:45 am
Washington identifies first probable case of monkeypox
The patient has been identified as the only male to have recently traveled to a country where other cases have been identified.
County health leaders said there was no suspected health outbreak and fewer than a dozen people were in close contact with the man.
The CDC, along with King County, will continue to monitor the situation.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 02:00
A new term for your public health vocabulary: ring vaccination
When it comes to monkeypox, there are some notable differences with Covid that make the former much less likely to spread en masse than the latter.
The disease requires prolonged personal or liquid contact and can be treated with several existing vaccines and therapeutic treatments.
As a result, public health officials are considering “ring vaccination” as a likely approach going forward.
Instead of conducting mass vaccination campaigns, doctors will use this method to be more targeted, giving vaccines to close contacts of confirmed cases until an outbreak is stopped.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 1:28 am
US to release monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile to ‘high risk’ people
As monkeypox cases emerge unexpectedly in countries around the world, the US releases vaccines from the Strategic National Stockpile to “high-risk” patients.
The US has a “good inventory” of smallpox vaccines that are also effective and approved for treatment against monkeypox, said Dr. CDC’s Jennifer McQuiston on Monday.
“I can report that there has been a request for the Jynneos vaccine to be released from the National Stockpile for some of the high-risk contacts of some of the early patients, so this is actively happening now,” she said.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 00:33
A helpful thread on what we do and don’t know about the monkeypox outbreak
Do you have many questions about monkeypox? You’re not alone.
As public health officials around the world analyze what to do next against the unexpected outbreak of the rare disease, this thread from University of St Andrews virologist Muge Cevik is a good place to start.
It provides a detailed analysis of some basic questions about the spread, severity, and news of this outbreak.
Josh MarcusMay 23, 2022 11:50 p.m
Authorities are tracing more than 200 contacts for Massachusetts monkeypox patients
The only confirmed case of monkeypox in the US so far was found in Masachusetts, and officials there are tracking more than 200 people who have come into close contact with the man, the CDC said Monday.
Most of them are health care workers involved in the treatment of individuals by the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health.
The patient, who recently visited Canada, where another cluster was reported, remains isolated at Massachusetts General Hospital.
So far, cases have been reported in the UK, Spain and Portugal, well outside the normal range for the disease, which is endemic to parts of Africa.
“The CDC worked very quickly to sequence the virus from the Massachusetts patient and within 48 hours we had found that it exactly matched the sequence reported by a patient from Portugal,” said Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC The Boston Herald.
However, officials note that the disease does not spread as easily as Covid and should not be seen as an equal problem.
Josh MarcusMay 23, 2022 23:09
As a reminder, there is already a monkeypox vaccine!
According to health officials, we shouldn’t worry as much about monkeypox as we do about Covid.
And one reason is simple: there’s already a vaccine that works against the disease, which is rare outside of Africa.
Vaccine manufacturers such as Danish Bavarian Nordic A/S are increasing production of existing smallpox vaccines. They have proven highly effective against the rare condition, which resembles a much less severe version of smallpox.
Josh MarcusMay 23, 2022 10:34 p.m
Two more suspected cases of monkeypox discovered in Utah
Health officials in Utah are investigating two suspected cases of monkeypox, the fourth US state to report infections.
Two adults who live in the same house in Salt Lake City and recently returned from abroad are showing mild symptoms for the disease, officials said.
According to Salt Lake Health, the infected couple was isolating and were not believed to be at risk of exposure to others.
Joe MiddletonMay 23, 2022 21:10
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/monkeypox-virus-outbreak-uk-cases-symptoms-b2085793.html Monkeypox Outbreak – Live News: US releases monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile to ‘high risk’ people