Monkeypox Outbreak In US: CDC Tracks 200 Cases In 27 States
Monkeypox is a new illness that is spreading across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to WebMD, some 200 instances of monkeypox have been reported across 27 states in the United States after a Texas man was brought to a local hospital and diagnosed with monkeypox on July 15 after flying from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta before landing in Dallas on July 9.
The CDC is monitoring about 200 cases of monkeypox across the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Monkeypox is an uncommon disease that was initially detected in a lab monkey group in 1958. Monkeypox symptoms include aching muscles, fever, and backache, and it belongs to the same family as smallpox.
“Its clinical symptoms include fever, rashes, and swollen lymph nodes,” said Dr. Jay Gupta, the Director of Florida Golf Coast University’s Public Health Program. “It typically lasts between two to four weeks.”
Symptoms of monkeypox include rashes, fever and swollen lymph nodes, according to doctors
According to ABC 7 News, the ailment causes hive-like welts to appear all over the body.
According to the CDC, the close quarters of the plane may have contributed to the monkeypox outbreak. People who sat within six feet of the Texas traveler, as well as flight attendants, passengers who used a certain bathroom during the flight, and family members who communicated with the patient, are now being closely monitored by health officials.
“It’s believed the risk of spread of monkeypox on the plane and in the airports is low, as travelers were required to wear masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and monkeypox is primarily spread through respiratory droplets,” said the CDC.
The monkeypox virus is disseminated in the same way as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to scientists. The disease can be passed from one person to another via respiratory droplets.
Despite this, monkeypox is known to produce only minor sickness and has a low death rate among individuals who catch it.
“Case fatality rate is somewhere between 1-10%,” said Dr. Gupta. “People, like us, who have been vaccinated for smallpox in childhood may have some degree of immunity against Monkeypox,” he added before noting the importance of getting vaccinated as there is no current cure for the disease.
The CDC stated, “At this time, there is no known, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection.” “Smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can all be employed to control a monkeypox outbreak in the United States.”