MONKEYPOX was declared a public health emergency on Thursday, August 4th and cases are increasing in the US.
More than 6,600 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been found in the US since the first case was discovered in mid-May.
All states except Montana and Wyoming have reported a number of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The states with the most cases are currently New York (1,862), California (826) and Florida (633).
States with the fewest cases include Kansas (1), Alaska (2), and Maine (2).
Monkeypox symptoms appear five to 21 days after exposure. Monkeypox symptoms initially resemble flu symptoms, but eventually a rash breaks out, which the CDC says starts on your face.
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The captain of the New York Correctional Facility falls ill with monkeypox
At least two uniformed correctional facility employees, including a captain who frequently interacts with inmates, have monkeypox, according to the New York Post.
The DOC claimed one of the staff, who doesn’t work at a prison on the island, tested positive on Thursday and has since been isolating in compliance with medical codes.
Although the exact time the captain contracted the virus is unknown, sources claim it was while working in a DOC cell.
“We take the health and safety of the people who work and live in our facilities seriously and have worked with our partners at Correctional Health Services to contain a potential spread of monkeypox should cases arise,” a DOC representative wrote in an email.
“That partnership and hard work has kept our facilities safe.”
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral infectious disease.
This specific virus is a rare zoonosis, suggesting it spread from an animal to humans.
It is found primarily near tropical rainforests in remote regions of Central and West Africa.
Only intimate touch between people can spread it.
List of states with more than 50 cases
Here’s a list of states with over 50 cases, according to the CDC:
List of states with zero to 50+ cases, continued
According to the CDC, here is a continued list of states that have between zero and 50 cases:
List of states with more zero to 50 cases
According to the CDC, here is a list of states that have between zero and 50 cases:
Those who are more likely to contract monkeypox, according to the CDC
The CDC has shared a list of people who are more likely to get monkeypox.
- Individuals recognized by health authorities as having been in contact with a case of monkeypox
- Individuals who know that one of their sexual partners has had monkeypox in the past two weeks
- Those who have had multiple sexual partners in the past two weeks in an area known to be affected by monkeypox
- People who may be exposed to orthopoxviruses because of their employment include:
- Orthopoxvirus testing specialists in labs
- Laboratory workers handling orthopoxvirus-infected cultures or animals
- Specially trained medical or public health workers
CDC recently released an updated report on the outbreak
The CDC recently released updated information on the impact on public health practices.
The report included recommendations for prioritizing individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, particularly men who have sex with other men.
Experts advised health authorities not only to implement prevention and testing measures, but also to minimize stigma.
CDC director shares testing statistics
Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, recently shared testing statistics on Twitter.
She explained that testing had increased significantly since late May.
CDC shares current data
In a recent Twitter post on the CDC page, the organization tweeted up-to-date statistics on people infected.
Experts say the risk in public spaces is low
Bridget Daniels, a nurse at the Red Door Clinic, explained in an update to the public that people are unlikely to get monkeypox while shopping.
MPR News reports that Daniels stated, “We don’t see any spread among people who don’t have close sexual contacts or household contacts.”
Daniels went on to say that although it is not a sexually transmitted disease, sexual risk is the main factor in contracting the virus.
The falls begin in New Mexico
A local radio station, KRQE, has reported that there are ten recorded cases of monkeypox in New Mexico.
State officials held a press conference and said they were “ramping up” vaccinations in response to the new cases.
Alaska confirms second case of monkeypox
Alaska Public has reported that the state has registered two new cases of monkeypox.
Both cases have occurred in Anchorage and McLaughlin and neither of them required vaccination.
Alaska currently has about 330 doses of the vaccine.
The monkeypox outbreak has slowed in the UK
ABC News has reported that UK health officials have evidence the epidemic’s growth rate has slowed.
Britain’s Health Security Agency said there were early signs the outbreak was on a “plateau”.
Monkeypox patients speak openly about experiences
Luke Brown, a monkeypox survivor, has revealed to Time Magazine that he has the virus.
Luke spoke of being proactive when he heard about the virus and found out through a skin scan that he was infected.
He said he was in “the worst pain” of his life.
Luke was on shingles medication, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, but nothing would ease the pain.
Doctor warns that monkeypox is different from Covid
Although monkeypox can spread through skin contact, says Dr. Linda Yancey told People magazine it’s different than Covid.
Yancey explained that while the virus can spread through large respiratory droplets, it is not a respiratory virus like Covid.
Experts predict monkeypox can be contained
The BBC reports that Britain has leveled off after a 35-day period of rapid spread.
dr Rosamund Lewis, the World Health Organization’s chief of monkeypox, says it’s “possible” to end the outbreak, but it’s not clear if there’s enough support to stop the outbreak.
How long do the symptoms last?
According to the CDC, monkeypox symptoms can begin within three weeks of exposure and a rash comes 1-4 days later.
Patients are contagious from the moment symptoms begin, possibly when the crusts of the rash have fallen off.
The illness is expected to last 2-4 weeks.
Signs and symptoms to look out for
The CDC has announced signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate exposure to the virus.
First and foremost, a sure sign of monkeypox is a rash that initially looks like a pimple or blister.
Other symptoms include
- Swollen lymph nodes
- muscle pain and back pain
- Difficulty breathing (such as a sore throat, stuffy nose, or cough)
Monkeypox affects people of color disproportionately
A new report from CNN has shown that monkeypox disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanics.
The CDC has confirmed that more than half of the currently reported cases involve blacks and Hispanics, a group that makes up only a third of the US population.
Georgia woman speaks about experiences
Camille Seaton has opened up to People magazine about her painful experience with monkeypox.
She said she noticed symptoms on July 11 and went to the hospital for testing a few days later.
Seaton’s symptoms were severe and she said she was not offered the vaccine or antiviral treatments.
California prison inmate suspected of having monkeypox
Fox KTVU reports that a prison inmate has been isolated at a San Francisco sheriff’s office on suspicion of monkeypox.
The sheriff’s office is following recommendations from the Department of Health to stop the spread to other inmates.
Viral train driver doesn’t have monkeypox
A viral video on TikTok had recently revealed a woman riding the subway and viewers claimed she had monkeypox.
Lilly Simon, the woman pictured in the video, said she does not have the virus but has neurofibromatosis type 1, which causes tumors to grow on her nerve endings.
Her tumors caused users to automatically assume she had monkeypox.
The video was shot without her consent and she is now speaking out, reports the New York Times.
Riker’s staff tests positive
The New York Post has reported that at least two uniformed Department of Correction employees have contracted monkeypox.
The agency has confirmed staff are being isolated, but experts say it’s only a matter of time before the virus spreads among inmates.
President Biden comments on monkeypox
After the White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency, President Biden addressed the federal response.
Biden took to Twitter to explain that he was “committed” to the urgency of the virus.
CDC expects monkeypox count to rise in August
The director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters that they “expect an increase in cases in the coming weeks,” reports CBS News.
Walensky also warned that monkeypox symptoms begin within three weeks of exposure, so many potentially infected individuals could be carrying the virus without even knowing it.
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