The Center for Disease Control and Prevention gave more updates on the recent uptick on Monkeypox cases in the continental United States and the rest of the world.
PNC’S Devin Eligio has the update…
Monkeypox is going viral — ravaging 31 countries with a total of 1356 confirmed cases across the globe.
As of yesterday, a total of 44 cases have been reported in the U.S. with the highest number of cases coming from New York at 11 cases.
The CDC released a statement yesterday explaining how monkeypox is transmitted.
Director Demetre C. Daskalakis, CDC Division of HIV Prevention stated, “You can get the virus by touching the rash on your partner’s body and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.”
Director Daskalakis in a YouTube video posted by the CDC further explained that monkeypox can be contracted by breathing in small droplets when close to someone who has the virus and by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus.
The earliest case of monkeypox in the U.S. dates as far back as 2003 when a shipment of animals from Ghana introduced monkeypox and infected people across six midwestern states.
However, the most recent first U.S. monkeypox case goes back just 7 months ago in November 2021, when a U.S. resident returned to his home in Maryland after a trip to Nigeria.
Director Daskalakis rounded off the video by reminding healthcare providers to be alert of anyone who has rashes consistent with monkeypox regardless of the person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
Director Demetre C. Daskalakis, CDC Division of HIV Prevention stated, “I strongly urge everyone to approach this outbreak without stigma and without discrimination. It will take a partnership between healthcare providers, affected people, and public health officials to ensure that people who need care can access it and to protect their loved ones.”
While the virus can be lethal especially in places with inadequate healthcare, Daskalakis urged that if you are showing symptoms of monkeypox — rashes followed by fever, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle aches to name a few — individuals should seek medical attention immediately.
For the Pacific News Center,
I’m Devin Eligio