What is Monkeypox?
Let’s start with the symptoms and how it spreads. Please see What is Monkey Pox? What to know about symptoms, vaccines and how it spreads
Monkeypox, first identified in Britain, has now led to more than 15,300 cases in five dozen countries, including Europe and the Americas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Until recently, monkeypox was rare outside of parts of West and Central Africa. Federal health officials say 5,800 cases have been confirmed in the United States.
Monkey pox is a viral disease that spreads mainly among rodents in parts of West and Central Africa. It was first discovered in 1958 when research monkeys had two smallpox-like outbreaks, hence the name.
Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, chills, and fatigue. The incubation period, the number of days between exposure and the first signs of symptoms, is six to 13 days, but it can be longer, according to Sylvie Briand, WHO director of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention.
A few days after the first symptoms of the disease, usually a smallpox-like rash appears, starting on the face and spreading to other parts of the body. Over time, the rashes form scabs and fall off later.
Monkey pox does not spread easily among people. Most cases in West and Central Africa involve contact with an infected animal. People only think it’s contagious when they have a rash. It can be spread from person to person through close contact, such as through contact with clothing, bedding or towels, skin, or when a person with monkeypox coughs or sneezes.
Although most patients recover within a few weeks, the disease can be fatal. West African monkeypox is currently a less severe form of the disease in non-endemic countries.
Monkeypox cases in the US are approaching the highest in the world
The Wall Street Journal reports that the incidence of monkeypox in the United States is approaching the highest rate in the world
The US has reported nearly 3,600 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox, according to federal data, topping the list of countries with the most known infections since the global health emergency began.
The data show that the outbreak is concentrated among men who have sex with men, as the virus uses social networks among closely related people. That’s already a concern, but the widespread spread represents an added challenge to trying to educate and protect the broader population, health experts say.
WHO has declared a state of emergency
Although the majority of experts on the Advisory Committee opposed the declaration, the WHO declared a state of emergency
The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox an international emergency, but the global number of cases exceeds 16,000, despite disagreements among members of the expert committee that advises the agency.
This is the first time the World Health Organization has declared a global emergency since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in January 2020. In an unusual move, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus went against the majority opinion of the emergency committee. declaration.
Biden called the monkey pox king
In response to the nearly 4,000 cases in the U.S., Biden called Monkey Pox the Czar.
Federal Emergency Management Agency regional administrator and former acting agency chief Robert Fenton will serve as the monkey disease coordinator, the White House said. Demeter Daskalakis, currently director of the CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention, would serve as his deputy.
The pair will lead the Biden administration’s monkeypox strategy and help increase access to tests, vaccines and treatments, the White House said.
The coordinators will respond “with the urgency this outbreak demands” and allow the U.S. to “further accelerate and strengthen its monkeypox response,” said Anthony Fauci, Mr. Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Six is greater than nine
In related news, the six looks bigger than the nine.
Six members of the advisory panel voted in favor of declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and nine opposed the move.
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So we have another PHEIC and a new King of Monkeypox.
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I am happy to report that not only do we have a perpetual war, but we also have a perpetual state of emergency.
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