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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Thursday that there are ten cases of monkeypox in eight states.
The ten cases have been identified by the CDC in Massachusetts, Colorado, Florida, Utah, Washington, California, Virginia and New York.
Most of the cases “are among homosexual men [y] bisexuals and other men who have sex with men,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday. In Virginia, a case was announced Thursday that is a woman.
Walensky called for a “science-driven, not stigma-driven” approach to this disease.
Walensky also said that of the two approved vaccines for orthopoxemia, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, The vaccine, with the trade name Jynneos, has been “approved for the prevention of monkeypox disease in adults over 18 years of age.“.
CDC officials have recommended vaccination for people at higher risk due to direct contact with someone who has monkeypox, according to CNN.
the United States also has two antiviral treatments for the disease.
“We should not be surprised to see more cases reported in the US in the coming days,” said Dr. Raj Panjabi, senior director for health security and biodefense at the White House, during the press conference. “It’s actually a sign that Americans are staying vigilant and that health care providers and public health workers are doing their jobs.”
The news conference came a few days after the first confirmed case in Massachusetts.
Monkeypox got its name from the laboratory monkeys in which scientists first discovered the smallpox-like illness in 1958, according to the CDC. The first human case was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but there have been other cases of the rare disease spread through infection with the virus outside of Africa linked to international travel.
Monkeypox is rare in the United States, and the virus does not occur naturally in the country, according to the CDC. After the virus jumps from an animal to a humanperson-to-person transmission can occur through close direct contact, such as through large respiratory droplets or skin injuries.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. A feature of the disease is that it can cause lesions or pustules and a rash on the body, including the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
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