As the epidemic intensifies, the United States is expanding testing for smallpox in commercial laboratories

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Biden’s administration announced Wednesday that it is allowing commercial laboratories to test for monkeys because the United States is facing a record epidemic, with experts fearing it is more than the official 156 cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began sending test kits to five commercial laboratory companies this week, allowing health workers to take tests directly from laboratories in early July. Companies include Quest Diagnostics, Sonic Healthcare, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories and Aegis Sciences.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beserra said in a press release, “By dramatically expanding the number of testing facilities across the country, we are creating opportunities for those who need it.”

Officials say the move will allow the country to conduct tens of thousands of tests a week, without relying on a national network of public laboratories that conduct more than 8,000 tests a week. But federal officials acknowledge that they can do more testing.

The United States passed about 10 tests a day in early June, up from 60 a day last week, a senior Biden administration official told The Washington Post.

“It’s a relative increase, but it’s not close to where we want it to be,” said an administration official, who declined to be named in accordance with the administration’s basic rules for answering questions about monkeys.

According to some public health experts, failure to conduct more inspections prevents the epidemic from being identified and contagious.

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Under the current system, clinicians must report health problems to monkeys to health department staff, who will decide whether or not they meet the criteria for testing in public laboratories. Critics say the process, which could include calling public health hotlines and responding to extensive questionnaires, can be slow and tedious and can lead to refusing to see a doctor.

Smallpox causes rashes and rashes that can be confused with other diseases, such as herpes and syphilis. Health officials say the patients’ last symptoms were different from the previous epidemic, including rashes around the genitals and no fever.

To test for smallpox, providers need to send a swab swab to a community lab that can refer to a family of smallpox viruses and determine if a patient is infected with the orthopox virus. A positive result is thought to be monkey pox because no other orthopox viruses are known in the United States and are sent to the CDC for confirmation testing.

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Activists and public health experts who have called for more testing say Biden should make it easier to test in commercial administration laboratories before the epidemic escalates.

The test used was developed by the CDC and refined for use by the Food and Drug Administration.

Before the test could be rolled out to commercial laboratories, the CDC needed to update these procedures, contract with five laboratories, and ensure that personal protective equipment and vaccines are available to protect against infection, according to a senior health official. .

An unnamed agency official said FDA officials had in recent weeks begun coordinating with companies that manufacture components for anti-monkey test kits to increase production because they had no right to publish their comments.

With more than 3,000 cases of smallpox reported in dozens of countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting on Thursday to declare the epidemic an international public health emergency.

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