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The number of reported confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus in the US has jumped again.
There are currently 1,814 confirmed cases in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Where monkeypox testing has increasedso there are cases.
There are now a whopping 489 cases in New York and 266 cases in California.
While other states previously had cases below three digits, Florida, Illinois and the District of Columbia had cases in the triple digits.
During a recent interview with ABC News, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged that the cases were likely “underreported”.
“In fact, it is spreading at a rate that we think we need to address through testing and vaccination,” he said.
The agency data shows that the number of cases worldwide now exceeds 12,000.
This comes ahead of a WHO emergency committee meeting later this month to examine trends, countermeasures and make recommendations to countries and communities. about the virus outbreak.
“I reiterate that we must work to stop further transmission and advise governments to implement contact tracing to help track and stop the virus and to help people in isolation,” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a briefing.
Efforts to secure vaccines in the US have run into problems in recent weeks, although the government has ordered additional doses to meet growing demand.
In San Francisco, California, senator. Scott Wiener warned on Thursday that the city is taking care of the public health crisis due to transmission of the virus.
The city’s health department said it would receive additional 4163 vaccine doses next week.
“It’s less than we expected, but we can handle it!” he tweeted on Friday.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky acknowledged the current issues at a press briefing last week and said help would be forthcoming.
The Washington Post, citing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported that nearly 800,000 more doses of monkeypox vaccine could be ready for distribution by the end of the month.
While most cases have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts warn that anyone is at potential risk.
Usually people become infected with the monkeypox virus by contact with skin lesions or body fluids of infected animals or humans, or by contact with materials contaminated with the virus.
Smallpox associated monkeypox has milder symptoms.
Some symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, rash, and pain before lesions appear.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.