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Broward’s monkeypox outbreak stands at 5 cases, state agency reports

PEMBROKE PARK, Florida. – There were five monkey pox Cases reported in Florida — and all were in Broward County — according to to data from the Florida Department of Health on Tuesday afternoon.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 64 cases in the US and recently announced one Travel Health Advice Level 2 Adding the risk to the general public was small.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced Tuesday an emergency meeting will be held on June 23 after more than 1,600 cases and nearly 1,500 suspected cases were reported in 39 countries.

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The infectious viral disease, which typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes, progresses to a rash and, in severe cases, to hemorrhagic disease or other conditions requiring hospitalization.

The CDC warns that the disease spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids or wounds, or direct contact with materials that have touched bodily fluids or wounds. It can also spread through respiratory secretions through close, personal contact.

SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

A group of scientists want to change the name used to identify the disease. The 28 scientists from 11 countries signed a petition suggesting that “hMPXV A.1” or “MPXV” would be more accurate.

“In the context of the current global outbreak, the continued reference to and nomenclature of this virus as African is not only inaccurate but also discriminatory and stigmatizing,” the petition co-authors wrote.

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That outbreak includes hundreds of cases reported in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Germany. There are dozens of cases in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.

dr David Heymann, a senior WHO adviser, reported in May that the unprecedented outbreak was “a random event” that appears to have started at raves in Spain and Belgium.

Doctors don’t have specific approved treatments, so they prescribe antiviral drugs designed for smallpox, like tecovirimate and cidofovir, according to to the CDC.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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