Had monkeypox made it to the United States before?
Monkeypox arrived in the United States – along with the Western Hemisphere – for the first time in 2003, researchers say. More than 70 incidents have been reported in the Midwest, mainly of dogs exposed to dogs that have been exposed to rats from Ghana, according to the CDC.
Two children became seriously ill and recovered, the CDC said.
The infection reported on May 18 in Massachusetts was the first case of monkey identified in the United States this year, health officials said. A few states have reported cases since then. Texas and Maryland reported having the same virus last year “in recent visitors to Nigeria,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said.
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The CDC works with its international counterparts to compile information that can answer many professional questions.
It is rare, says Johns Hopkins’ Inglesby, that “most American doctors will never see a case in their life” – so communication about monocyxox will be important in ensuring that doctors look for symptoms.
How did we get here?
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Thanks to trade and travel around the world, poxviruses can spread rapidly, experts say. The eradication of smallpox in 1980 has helped the remaining poxvirus to progress to reduced safety, says Anne Rimoin, a dermatologist at the University of California at Los Angeles who has studied monkey for two decades.
“No good deed could be punished,” Rimoin said in May. “You mean you can eradicate the pathogen, but you can leave space for another to emerge.”
Agam Rao, chief medical officer of the CDC, said that although researchers had found an increase in the number of monkey deaths since the end of the smallpox vaccination campaign, other factors were linked to these diseases, including climate change and other environmental changes. and animal interactions.
“We are at a point where we need to find out why this is happening before we start proposing solutions, such as vaccinations,” Rao said in May. “This was unexpected. It is not something we would recommend if you asked me two weeks ago, because the risk to most people is rare. ”