On Thursday, New York City began offering monkey vaccines to at-risk groups, authorities said, in the wake of the global epidemic.
However, the demand was so high that the city had to cancel entry meetings within hours of the launch of the program, and scheduled visits were booked early next week.
Unlike the early days of COVID, for which there is no effective treatment, there are several vaccines that work against the orthopoxvirus that causes the disease. But that is the question.
Since the beginning of May, about 30 people in the city have tested positive for the virus, almost all of whom have had sex with men, and the number of cases has risen by 60% in the past week. Overall, New York City accounts for more than 20% of all diagnoses nationwide.
Attempts to introduce the vaccine followed similar efforts in cities such as Montreal and Toronto.
On Thursday, the Department of Health announced the opening of a temporary clinic to introduce a two-dose JYNNEOS vaccine to people with monkey disease, the city said. New York Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Wasan said the concern, especially among sexually active gay and bisexual men, has prompted the city’s decision to make vaccines available.
Vaccines are administered at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic (303 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan). The clinic is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00.
But by 2pm on Thursday, three hours after it opened its doors, the city said it would no longer accept walkers and that all meetings would be filled by Monday. News 4 counted more than 100 people lined up outside the clinic at the time.
According to one of those waiting in line to be vaccinated, many meetings were canceled in 10 minutes and they became available online.
The Department of Health has asked people to re-check on Sunday for more meetings next week.
“We are in talks with the CDC to get more doses and are looking at how we can build capacity across the city as a whole,” the health department said.
Manhattan District President Mark Levin wrote on Twitter that only about 1,000 doses of the vaccine were distributed to the city from a national warehouse.
How do you catch smallpox?
The CDC last week issued new guidelines on smallpox as the number of suspected cases increased across the country, making it the largest smallpox epidemic in the United States, which has typically occurred on other continents.
While the CDC says the risk to the general public remains low, it urges people not to come into close contact with sick people, including those with skin or genital injuries, as well as sick or dead animals. Anyone who shows symptoms such as rashes or sores on the unexplained skin should seek medical attention for guidance.
It is also recommended to refrain from eating wild game meat or using products from wild animals from Africa (such as creams, powders or lotions).
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeys were first identified by its name in 1958, when outbreaks appeared in monkey colonies reserved for research. (What you need to know about monkeys.)
The first human case was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, and it still holds the majority of infections. Other African countries where it is found are: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, C Кte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.
Symptoms of smallpox in humans are similar to those of smallpox, but milder, according to the CDC. It appears as a swollen lymph node and a flu-like illness with rashes on the face and body.
Chickenpox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Monkey smallpox also causes swelling of the lymph nodes, not smallpox. The incubation period is usually 7-14 days, but can be up to 5-21 days.
The CDC urges health care providers in the United States to exercise caution in patients with smallpox, regardless of whether they travel or have a specific risk of smallpox. See more travel alerts here.