Visual Representation for Monkeypox | Credits: iStock
Visual Representation for Monkeypox | Credits: iStock

Rising Mpox Cases Spark Concern: CDC Issues Urgent Warning

United States: The surge of Mpox cases in the United States has escalated, nearly doubling compared to the corresponding period of the prior year, as per the recent data provided by the CDC. A total of 511 cases were recorded nationwide by mid-March, indicating a significant increase from the 287 cases reported during the same timeframe in the previous year.

New York City, in particular, has been grappling with over a hundred cases this year, contrasting starkly with a mere thirty cases reported in the preceding year, according to reports by ABC13 News.

Mpox, a disease akin to monkeypox which infrequently leads to fatalities, exhibits symptoms resembling those of smallpox albeit less severe. It has been identified as the contagious infectious agent by the CDC. Historical records indicate that the disease has predominantly afflicted regions in central and western Africa. However, reported cases first emerged in the United States in May 2022.

Since then, over 32,000 cases have been reported, resulting in 58 fatalities in the US, according to CDC statistics. The outbreak prompted the Biden administration to declare a public health crisis in 2022, and the situation was largely contained due to widespread vaccination acceptance within high-risk demographics.

“The battle against Mpox heavily relies on vaccination, particularly among high-risk groups. This resurgence in cases clearly indicates the virus’s persistence, necessitating continuous vigilance and precautionary measures to control the disease,” asserted Dr. John Brownstein, Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital & contributor at ABC News, in conclusion.

The spread of Mpox is indicative of an epidemic, owing to its ruthless and homogeneous transmission rate. However, gay and bisexual men, along with other cohorts who were initially targeted by the virus, appear to be more susceptible as the epidemic primarily circulates within this community. Varicella-zoster virus, a viral infection causing facial rash and intense blisters, mostly spreads through close contact between individuals’ compromised skin, according to ABC News.

The CDC suggested that the Jynneos vaccine should be used to inoculate those at higher risk of contracting Mpox, like those who recently came in contact with individuals who already have Mpox. As another observation, the vaccine is not only restricted to those who have sex with men but also includes females who identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual, particularly those engaging in risky sexual behavior, including multiple sexual partners in the past six months and a history of sexually transmitted diseases. Along with that, health and social workers should ask patients with different levels of compromised health systems to be sure they don’t have coronavirus.

The vaccine plan is a two-dose, skin injection to be either into the epidermal layer or the intradermal layer. Enhanced methods such as every two years suggested doses has now been blended in. According to a TV report by ABC News, the website of the CDC contains a paragraph that lists the local labs that offer vaccine against the flu.

Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox refers to the risk of contracting the disease through intimate personal contact, such as sexual intercourse, kissing, face-to-face conversations, and so on, among others — as the CDC guidelines suggest. What is noticeable about patients with HIV is the rash, which develops in many parts of their body, like hands, feet, chest, face, mouth, and genital regions. The other symptoms are really close to those of other common diseases, such as fever, chills or even higher temperatures, headaches, and body weakness.