As cases reach 20,000, the US is under pressure to stop the monkeypox outbreak.
According to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 20,000 cases of monkeypox have been verified in the US more than three months into the outbreak (CDC).
With some at-risk populations waiting weeks to get vaccinated due to vaccine shortages, worries are growing that the window of opportunity for limiting the nation’s spreading monkeypox outbreak may be closing.
As of Tuesday, the CDC stated that there were 20,733 confirmed cases of monkeypox nationally.
According to CDC data, Florida had the most instances (2,126), followed by New York (3,526) and California (3,833).
The United States currently has the most instances of monkeypox worldwide.
Although there are more cases of monkeypox nationwide, the outbreak’s pace looks to be reduced, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
Health authorities warn that data reporting delays can present an incomplete picture of the outbreak in recent weeks, making it difficult to determine if cases have genuinely peaked.
Public health professionals caution that it is still too early to declare that the nation is turning a corner.
They are worried that if the outbreak is not contained, it may spread to other populations or species.
In order to reach large gatherings of gay, bisexual, and queer people who are at higher risk of being exposed to and infected by the virus, the Joe Biden administration is stepping up a monkeypox vaccination campaign, sending thousands of vaccine doses during the Labor Day weekend to events like Southern Decadence in New Orleans, Atlanta Black Pride, and Pridefest in Oakland, according to a report by NPR.
In response to the outbreak of monkeypox, the Biden administration has come under fire for failing to order enough vaccines, expedite treatments, and make diagnostics accessible in time to stop the outbreak.
“Given that monkeypox was identified early and was already subject to tests, a safe vaccination, and a workable cure, we ought to have been able to contain it. But a persistently underfunded public health system, frequently drained by more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and lacking even basic supplies like testing swabs and needles, failed this most fundamental test, “a report from The Hill stated.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, “the White House campaign to fight the monkeypox virus has been one fiasco after another, from immunizations to communications.”
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