After a sudden rise in monkeypox cases, health officials have intensified surveillance.
Over the past 24 hours, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported over 1,000 cases of monkeypox in the United States. This is a record breaking number and placing America at the forefront of this new epidemic.
On Wednesday, 1,048 cases of new infection were confirmed by the CDC. This brings the national total to 4,639. More than 18,000 cases have been reported in 75 countries to date. Spain is now at number two with 3,738 infections.
However, the US’s recent rise in cases may also be due to an increase in screenings, from 10,000 to 80,000 per week, according Politico. Politico reported Wednesday that health officials plan to give monkeypox vaccinations. “nationally notifiable condition,”Instructing countries to share and collect data to increase surveillance and testing.
The infection rate in the USA, however, is still lower than other countries that have been affected by outbreaks. It stands at one per 100,000. Spain reported seven cases per 100,000; Britain, Germany, and Britain, however, have only three.
New York currently has the highest number of cases. It sees 1,228 total. That’s significantly more than California which only confirmed 799.
The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency. However, Joe Biden is said to be considering whether they will follow their lead. While the White House is making preparations for the possibility of monkeypox spreading more widely, they have procured many millions of vaccines and treatment options. They also estimate that it will need $7 billion to fund the response. The funds will cover the following: “domestic end-to-end vaccine manufacturing capacity and technology transfer,”According to the White House memo, obtained by Washington Post this week.
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