Monkeypox outbreak – live news: US releases monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile for ‘high risk’ people
WHO doctor explains how monkeypox spread to humans
Cases of monkeypox in Britain have almost tripled as new infections continue to be reported in the United States.
The latest set of figures released on Monday afternoon by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed that the number of cases in England had risen by 36, bringing the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases since May 7 to 56. .
Scotland confirmed its first case on the same day, taking the total to 57.
Meanwhile, in the United States, monkeypox infections have been reported in Utah, New York, Massachusetts and Florida.
It comes as sexual activity at raves in Europe may have sparked the international epidemic of monkeypox, a top World Health Organization adviser has said.
Dr David Heymann, who previously headed the global public health body’s emergency department, said the leading theory focused on sexual transmission at two events in Spain and Belgium.
There have been more than 100 confirmed or suspected monkeypox infections worldwide in the current outbreak, mostly in Europe.
ICYMI: What are the symptoms of monkeypox and how is it spread?
Monkeypox, a rare tropical disease transmitted by wild animals in Africa, unexpectedly spread overseas this month, raising questions about what it is and how dangerous it is.
A relatively mild viral infection, the disease has an incubation period of six to 16 days and sees patients first suffer from fever, headache, swelling, back pain, muscle aches and a general apathy in its early stages.
Once this passes and the fever subsides, the victim will experience a rash, in which a rash spreads over the face, followed by the rest of the body, most commonly the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
The blemishes progress from lesions to crusty blisters, which can then take three weeks to heal and disappear. While it would first have been transmitted to humans through contact with the blood or body fluids of contaminated primates, or via intermediate rodents such as tree squirrels and Gambian rats, it is much more likely to be caught by other humans.
Namita SingMay 24, 2022 05:11
Experts warn of ‘misinformation, stigma and discrimination’ surrounding monkeypox
The WHO has warned of “misinformation, stigma and discrimination” around monkeypox.
Speaking during a question-and-answer session, Andy Seale, Strategic Advisor to WHO’s HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programme, said: “There are ways to work with communities to learn from decades of experience in addressing HIV stigma and discrimination. We want to apply that lesson, those lessons learned, to that experience.
Namita SingMay 24, 2022 04:59
ICYMI: UK monkeypox cases rise to 57
The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the UK has risen to 57. There are 56 confirmed cases in England, while Scotland reported its first case on Monday, figures released by the UK Health Security Agency showed. (UKHSA).
The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency and Public Health Wales each said they had no confirmed cases.
But health officials have warned residents that while the outbreak is “significant and worrying”, the risk to the UK population remains low.
The government has stocks of smallpox vaccine which is offered to very close contacts of those affected.
Those most at risk of contracting the disease are being asked to self-isolate at home for 21 days and monitor for symptoms.
Namita SingMay 24, 2022 4:46 a.m.
“US Health Officials Release Jynneos Monkeypox Vaccine Doses”
U.S. health officials are releasing some doses of the Jynneos vaccine for use in monkeypox cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
The United States has approved the use of more than 1,000 doses of the vaccine from the national stockpile, CDC officials said, adding that they expect that to increase rapidly in the coming days.
Namita SingMay 24, 2022 4:35 a.m.
‘We don’t need to panic,’ say public health officials
Monkeypox will not cause the same sort of world-shaping disease outbreak as Covid, public health officials say.
“We have vaccines hidden away by our government,” Blossom Damania, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, told NBC. “I don’t think people need to be alarmed. Monkeypox is a serious disease. We need to respect it and take it seriously, but we don’t need to panic.”
There are also two FDA-approved therapeutic drugs for smallpox that will likely treat this rare disease.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 04:00
LGBTQ+ people make up a ‘notable fraction’ of monkeypox cases, CDC says
Public health officials are quick to note that people of all identities can catch and spread monkeypox, but they said a “notable fraction of cases” during this year’s outbreak were in people. homosexual and bisexual men.
“Certain groups may have a greater chance of exposure at this time, but the current risk of exposure to monkeypox is by no means exclusive to the gay and bisexual community in the United States,” said Dr John. Brooks, Chief Medical Officer of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said Monday. “Anyone, anyone, can develop [and] spread the monkeypox infection, but … many of those affected by the current global outbreak are identified as gay and bisexual men.”
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 03:30
The United States Considered Mass Vaccinations That Could Have Stopped Monkeypox
After the September 11 attacks, US officials considered vaccinating the entire population against smallpox, a treatment that would also have protected against monkeypox.
However, the decision was discarded because older smallpox vaccines carry a low risk of serious side effects, meaning mass vaccination campaigns would inevitably put some at risk.
“Ultimately, it was decided not to, because of the negative consequences of vaccinating many people,” said Bill Hanage, epidemiologist at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The New York Times.
“Vaccine side effects are rare,” he added. “But once you start giving it to millions of people, then they’ll start piling up.”
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 2:45 a.m.
Washington identifies first likely case of monkeypox
The patient was identified as a single male who had recently traveled to a country where other cases have been identified.
County health officials said there was no suspected health outbreak and fewer than a dozen people had been in close contact with the man.
The CDC will continue to monitor the situation, along with King County.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 02:00
A new term for your public health vocabulary: ring vaccination
When it comes to monkeypox, there are notable differences with Covid, which make the former much less likely to spread en masse than the latter.
The disease requires prolonged in-person or fluid contact and can be treated with several existing vaccines and therapeutic treatments.
As a result, public health officials are considering “ring vaccination” as a likely approach in the future.
Using this methodology, rather than conducting mass vaccination campaigns, doctors will instead be more targeted, administering vaccines to close contacts of confirmed cases until an outbreak is stopped dead.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 01:28
US to release monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile for ‘high risk’ people
As cases of monkeypox surge unexpectedly in countries around the world, the United States is releasing vaccines from the Strategic National Stockpile for “high-risk” patients.
The United States has a “good supply” of smallpox vaccines, which are also effective and licensed for the treatment of monkeypox, CDC Dr. Jennifer McQuiston said Monday.
“I can report that there has been a request to release the Jynneos vaccine from the national stockpile for some of the high-risk contacts of some of the early patients, so that’s actively happening right now,” she said.
Josh MarcusMay 24, 2022 12:33 a.m.