Monkeypox outbreak: CDC activates Emergency Center to support agency response

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help “complement” the agency’s current response to the current situation. monkeypox outbreakaccording to a recent press release.

“These actions are opposed to the CDC command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to monkeypox and mobilizing additional CDC personnel and resources,” the agency said in a statement.

“The activation of the CDC EOC allows the agency to further increase operational response support to address emerging issues related to the outbreak.”

The EOC employs more than 300 CDC staff who work with local, national and international partners to respond to public health issues.

Labeled test tube "Monkeypox virus positive" seen in this illustration taken May 22, 2022.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help "additive" According to a recent press release, the agency's current response to the current monkeypox outbreak.

This illustration, taken May 22, 2022, shows a test tube labeled “Positive for monkeypox virus.” According to a recent press release, an outbreak of monkeypox.
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A large number of cases of monkeypox are reported in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, according to early CDC data.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus, which also includes the smallpox virus called variola virus.

But monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

The disease is endemic in Africa, but since May 2022, cases of monkeypox have been identified in about 25 US states among people returning from international travel and their close domestic contacts.

Cases are unusual because prior to the 2022 outbreak, nearly all cases of monkeypox were in people who lived outside Africa was bound either through international travel to countries where the disease is endemic or through imported animals carrying the virus.

There are currently 244 cases of monkeypox in the US and 4,357 cases worldwide in 48 locations as of June 27.

“In the United States, evidence of human-to-human transmission in several states and reports of clinical cases with some unusual features have raised concerns that some cases are not being recognized and tested,” the agency said in a statement.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 04: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 04.04 .2021, Washington DC.  The CDC is tracking cases, but the threat to the general population is currently low and does not spread easily between individuals without close contact, according to the agency.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 04: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 04.04 .2021, Washington DC. The CDC is tracking cases, but the threat to the general population is currently low and does not spread easily between individuals without close contact, according to the agency.
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The CDC is tracking cases, but the threat to the general population is currently low and does not spread easily between individuals without close contact, according to the agency.

The CDC expanded the monkeypox case definition on June 1 to add a “suspect case,” defined as a person with a characteristic rash or a person who meets one of the epidemiological criteria and has a strong clinical suspicion of the disease, according to the agency’s website.

“Confirmed case” is defined as indicates the presence of the monkeypox virusDNA by one of two special laboratory methods or by isolating the virus in culture from a clinical sample.

A health worker prepares a syringe at the CIUSSS Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 6, 2022.  similar to chickenpox, shingles or syphilis, to be evaluated for monkeypox.

A health worker prepares a syringe at the CIUSSS Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 6, 2022. similar to chickenpox, shingles or syphilis, to be evaluated for monkeypox.
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The agency also defines a probable case as someone who has not had recent exposure to orthopoxvirus (such as having received a smallpox vaccine) and demonstrates the presence of the virus through one of several laboratory methods, such as detectable antibody levels after the onset of a rash.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged healthcare professionals who encounter a patient with a rash that resembles monkeypox or a rash that looks like chickenpox, shingles, or syphilis to be screened for monkeypox.

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“Last week, the CDC began supplying orthopoxvirus tests to five commercial laboratory companies, including major national reference laboratories, to rapidly increase monkeypox testing capacity and availability in every community,” the press release said.

‚ÄúThis development will expand testing, leverage established relationships between clinics, hospitals and commercial labs, and support our ability to better understand the scope of research. current outbreak of monkeypox. ”