HealthcareUS health experts say monkeypox cases harder to detect

US health experts say monkeypox cases harder to detect

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

US health experts said Friday that cases of monkeypox that are being detected at the moment do not necessarily display the usual symptoms, making the disease more difficult to diagnose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stressed that identifying cases was crucial to curbing the spread of the disease.

“We have seen presentations of monkeypox that are mild and sometimes only limited areas of the body, which differs from the classic presentation seen in endemic countries in Western Central Africa,” said Rochelle Walensky, head of the CDC.

“This has prompted concern that some cases may go unrecognized or undiagnosed,” she added, urging increased vigilance among members of the medical profession and the public in general.

Current cases do not always present flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches and swollen glands that typically precede the appearance of the rash characteristic of the disease.

Additionally, while these rashes typically appear all over the body, many current cases are limited to certain areas.

“It’s important to be aware that cases may present similar to some sexually transmitted infections,” such as herpes, “and could be mistaken for other diagnoses,” Walensky said.

The United States has now recorded 45 cases, she added, twice as many as last week. No deaths have been reported.

As of June 9, around 1,300 cases had been identified worldwide, she said.

Transmission requires close and prolonged contact between two people. The United States is counting in particular on the vaccination of contact cases to stem the epidemic.

The country has 100 million doses of the vaccine ACAM2000, but is in the process of getting doses of another more modern vaccine, Jynneos, she said.

At the end of May, the United States had only 1,000 doses of the newer drug, compared to 72,000 today, said Dawn O’Connell of the Department of Health on Friday.

Another 300,000 doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks, she added.

US buys more monkeypox vaccine as global case count grows

© 2022 AFP

US health experts say monkeypox cases harder to detect (2022, June 11)
retrieved 11 June 2022

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no
part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Original Source Link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Friendships with rich people may help lift children out of poverty

Relationships can have a profound influence on a life, from the schools that people attend to the jobs...

Manor House Where Audrey Hepburn Played Sabrina Hits The Market

A classic red brick Georgian house from 1917 is...

How GIANT Are These Meatballs?!? And…

Consistency is one of the most important things at a restaurant! And Lavo LasVegas at The Palazzo delivers...

Must Read

Today in Supreme Court History: August 7, 2010

8/7/2010: Justice Elena Kagan takes oath.   The post Today...

The Cuphead Show! Season 2 Trailer: Let The Chaos Continue

The weirdness of this show is really wonderful,...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you