There is no prescriptive drug that will stop the flow of emotions, though their effects can be curtailed, “says Jimmy Whitworth, a professor of international public health professors at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in a statement.
“However, vaccines are available that can be given to prevent the spread of disease,” said Whitworth.
In the US, a two-dose vaccine called Jynneos is currently licensed to prevent monkeys and may be used for smallpox. The vaccine is kept by the US government in the event of an outbreak of the disease.
“Currently, we have more than 1,000 doses of what is available and expect that level to increase rapidly in the coming weeks as the company provides additional doses to us,” Drs. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens. and Pathology within the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, he told reporters during a phone call on Monday.
“We hope to increase the distribution of the vaccine to those we know will benefit from it,” McQuiston said. “These are people who have been in contact with well-known monkey patients, health workers, people closest to them, and those who may be at high risk of serious illness.”
Where did the monkey come from?
Monkeypox was named in 1958 when “two pox outbreaks occurred in research monkeys’ colonies,” the CDC said.
However, the main cause of monkeypox is still unknown, although “African mice are suspected of contributing to the spread,” the organization said.
The first known case of monkeys in humans “was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a major effort to eradicate smallpox,” the CDC said. Since then, most cases have focused on 11 African countries – with several US and European outbreaks related to migration or importation from infected countries.
The outbreak occurred in the US in 2003 after 47 people in six states – Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin – became ill as a result of contact with their pets, the CDC said.
“Pets became infected after being housed near mammals from Ghana,” the CDC said. “This is the first time that human monkeys have been reported outside Africa.”
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard, Nadia Kounang, Jen Christensen, Michael Nedelman, Paula Newton, John Bonifield, Naomi Thomas, Alex Hardie and Benjamin Brown contributed to the report.