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Mpox Cases Surge in the U.S., Prompts Health Officials to Urge Precautions

Cases of Mpox, formerly known as Monkeypox, have been on the rise in the United States, with nearly double the number of infections reported compared to last year. This concerning trend has prompted health officials to emphasize the importance of preventive measures and vigilance among high-risk groups.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of Mpox infection, such as those who have been exposed to the virus or have had a sex partner infected with Mpox, are recommended to receive the Jynneos vaccine. This vaccine is also recommended for gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with other men with multiple partners or STI diagnoses, as well as those with immune-compromising conditions. The vaccine primarily works to protect against severe illness, though it may not guarantee complete avoidance of infection.

The Jynneos vaccine is typically administered in two doses, 28 days apart. Health officials urge individuals who have only received one dose to get the second dose for full protection. Early research suggests that antibodies from vaccination may decline after one year, prompting ongoing studies to evaluate the long-term efficacy of the vaccine.

In response to the surge in Mpox cases, New York City is currently experiencing triple the number of infections compared to last year. Despite the increase, there have been no reported issues with vaccine supply. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued an alert for travelers entering the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a more lethal type of the Mpox virus is circulating.

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In addition to vaccination, health experts recommend precautions such as communication with partners, avoiding physical contact with infected individuals, and seeking timely medical care to prevent Mpox infection. An antiviral drug known as TPOXX is available to treat more severe cases of Mpox.

Overall, health officials stress the ongoing need for vigilance and preventive measures to curb the increase in Mpox cases. By taking proactive steps to protect oneself and others, individuals can help prevent further spread of the virus within the community.

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