President Joe Biden said “everyone” should be concerned about the spread of monkey pox, contrary to CDC officials who have now called for calm to the American public with one confirmed case and another suspected case on US territory. .
While boarding Air Force One to head from South Korea to Japan on a visit to Asia, for the first time, President Moon noted that cases of rare infectious diseases are surging worldwide.
“We haven’t revealed the level of exposure yet, but it’s something everyone should be concerned about,” he told reporters.
“I’m concerned that it will come out as a result if it spreads.”
Former Vice President Biden said U.S. officials are “working hard to figure out what we’re doing and what vaccines will come out if we have them.”
There is an effective vaccine against monkeypox virus, and the Biden administration has already taken steps to bring it to the United States.
Biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic said this week that the US government has placed an order of $119 million for the Jynneos vaccine.
An additional $180 million is on hand and waiting for more vaccines if needed, raising 13 million doses for the American people.
Jynneos vaccine is a smallpox vaccine and has already been licensed for use against smallpox in the United States.
According to the CDC, the smallpox vaccine is at least 85% effective against monkeypox.
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed to reporters on Air Force One Sunday that the United States has a vaccine to treat a potential outbreak.
Regarding Biden’s knowledge of the matter, he said, “He’s been informed about it very regularly.”
The president’s remarks came after CDC official Jennifer McQuiston said that “the general public should not be concerned” about the sudden increase in infection with a rare disease.
Correspondent, Department of Pathogens and Pathology at the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said: CNN It said on Thursday that the emergence of cases in a country free of monkey pox is “a very unusual situation” but that there is no “immediate risk” to the public.
“The monkey head is generally only reported in West or Central Africa, not in the United States or Europe. The number of reported cases is clearly outside the normal level we can see. ” She said.
“There are very few cases reported at the same time, maybe 12 or 20. So the general public shouldn’t be concerned that they are at immediate risk for monkey chickenpox.”
On Friday, New York City health officials announced that the patient had tested positive for the virus related to monkey pox.
Two patients were tested for monkey pox by the city health department, one negative and the second positive for orthopoxvirus, a virus belonging to the monkey pox family.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Public Health Institute said in a press release Friday that a final confirmation of an individual’s diagnosis will come after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) completes testing.
Until then, the patient has been quarantined and presumed to be positive, possibly becoming the second known case in the United States this year after a man from Massachusetts became the first case on Wednesday.
The New York City Department of Health said on Thursday that one possible case was symptomatic and hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital in central Manhattan.
It’s unclear whether this person is presumed to be positive or negative, but even before preliminary tests are available, officials say contact tracing is already underway to trace anyone they may have had close contact with.
While the CDC is urging Americans not to panic, the city’s health officials are urging Covid-exhausted New Yorkers to wear face masks indoors.
The agency said masks can protect against both monkey pox and other viruses such as Covid-19, and urges anyone with flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash on the face and body to contact a health care provider.
Monkeypox is rarer, less contagious and there is a vaccine available, but health officials want to avoid a repeat of the Covid-19 crisis that has paralyzed the city’s health care system.
In the early days of the spring 2020 pandemic, New York City became the epicenter of the global virus, which claimed 815 lives in a single day in April that year.
Hospitals are on the brink of collapse, with health workers overflowing with sick patients and corpses piled up in refrigerated trucks across the city.
Covid-19 cases are on the rise again in Manhattan this week as the entire New York City rises to the highest level of risk for the virus.
The CDC is also investigating at least six other cases of monkey pox nationwide after an individual sat next to an infected traveler on a flight from Nigeria to the UK earlier this month.
The CDC said none of the six individuals developed symptoms for monkey pox. They are said to be healthy and have a low risk of contracting an infection.
New York patients did not appear to be included in the six.
This comes after a Massachusetts man became the first confirmed case on US soil this year.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released a case on Wednesday of a man who had recently returned from a trip to Canada, where he had traveled by private transportation.
The patient is in good condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The state agency said there is “no risk to the public” and is working closely with the CDC and other health officials to identify people who may have come in contact with the patient while they were infected.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases worldwide since cases began to appear in countries that do not report infections in early May.
Outside the United States, cases have been detected in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Italy.
On Saturday, Sweden and Israel reported the first confirmed cases not yet included in the WHO tally.
The WHO is currently holding daily emergency meetings around the world, with an emergency meeting held on Friday by a committee advising on the risk of infections that pose a threat to global health.
It is not yet clear what caused the sudden increase in patients or how individuals were exposed to rare infections.
The virus can be spread through close contact with an infected person or animal through respiratory droplets, other forms of close contact, such as sharing body fluids or clothing.
Experts are investigating the possibility of transmission of STDs after recently confirmed cases included men who said they had had sex with another man.
Symptoms are similar to smallpox and include fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, rash and lesions.
After about 1 to 3 days of fever, people usually develop a rash on the face that spreads to other parts of the body. Lesions on the body go through various stages before they eventually fall off.
According to the CDC, the main difference between smallpox and monkey pox symptoms is that monkey pox causes the lymph nodes to swell.
In most cases, symptoms are mild, but in Africa, the virus is fatal in 1 in 10 people.
Monkey chickenpox was first discovered in monkeys in 1958 when there were two outbreaks of a chickenpox-like disease in specimens kept for study.
The first human case was recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970.
In 2003, a human macaque case was discovered on American soil. It was first confirmed outside of Africa, with the United States seeing an outbreak in six states.
A total of 47 confirmed and probable cases were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
According to the CDC, all patients became infected after contact with pet prairie dogs that were near small mammals imported from Ghana.
Two cases of infection were reported in the United States last year. The last came in November, when an American tested positive after returning to Maryland from Nigeria.
Another case was confirmed in Texas in July of a US citizen traveling from Nigeria to the US on two commercial flights.
In both cases, no further infections were detected in the United States after health authorities performed contact tracing.