US braces for potential monkeypox outbreak as global cases surge, experts say – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — As monkeypox cases surge around the world, U.S. health officials say the country is prepared should an outbreak occur.

So far, the World Health Organization has reported 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases in 12 countries, including several in the United States

The first confirmed US case was in a Massachusetts man recovering in an isolation ward at Massachusetts General Hospital. Doctors are still trying to figure out how he contracted the virus, although he recently traveled to Canada, where multiple cases have been confirmed.

However, experts say the risk of a major outbreak is low.

“It’s important to remember that we have all of these antivirals, at least two or three different vaccines, in our US stockpile because they bear some resemblance to smallpox, even though they cause a much less severe disease,” said dr Peter Hotez, of Baylor College of Medicine.

The Biden administration is exploring the possibility of a monkeypox vaccine as US health officials expect more cases to be reported in the US

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