“We have seen mild cases of monkeypox, sometimes limited to certain parts of the body, which is different from what we usually see in countries where the disease is endemic” In Africa, Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Friday.
“This has raised concerns that some cases will go undetected.”She stressed that, and called on health and public workers to be more vigilant.
Existing cases do not always present with influenza-like symptoms (fever, etc.) that usually precede the appearance of the rash characteristic of this disease.
Also, while these rashes usually appear all over the body, many existing cases are limited to certain areas.
“It is important to know that cases of monkeypox can resemble some sexually transmitted diseases”like herpes, It can therefore be misdiagnosed.Ms. Walensky, spiritualist.
She added that the United States now has 45 registered cases, which is double compared to last week. No deaths have been reported.
As of June 9, she said, about 1,300 cases have been identified worldwide.
Transmission requires close and prolonged contact between two people.
The United States is counting in particular on vaccinating contact cases to stop the epidemic.
The country has 100 million doses of ACAM2000, but is well on its way to getting doses of another, more modern vaccine, Jynneos.
At the end of May, the US had just 1,000 doses of this second treatment, compared with 72,000 today, Dawn O’Connell, of the US Department of Health, said Friday. She added that another 300,000 doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.