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Reported confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases in the US have skyrocketed again.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 1,814 confirmed cases nationwide.
Where monkeypox testing has increased, case numbers have also increased.
New York is now showing a whopping 489 cases and California is reporting 266 cases.
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While other states have previously been under triple digits, Florida, Illinois and the District of Columbia all have cases in the triple digits.
During a recent interview with ABC News, White House Medical Advisor Dr. Antony Fauci admits cases are likely an “undercount.”
“It’s actually spreading at a rate that we think we need to address with testing and vaccination,” he said.
Agency data shows there are now more than 12,000 cases worldwide.
This comes ahead of a meeting of WHO’s Emergency Committee later this month to examine trends and countermeasures, and provide recommendations to countries and communities regarding the virus outbreak.
“I reiterate that we need to work to stop forwarding and advise governments to implement contact tracing help to detect and contain the virus and to help people in isolation,” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a briefing.
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Efforts to make vaccines available in the US have stalled in recent weeks, although the government has ordered more doses to meet rising demand.
In San Francisco, California, Sen. Scott Wiener on Thursday warned that the city was heading for a public health crisis due to transmission of the virus.
The city’s Health Department said it will receive an additional 4,163 doses of vaccine next week.
“It’s less than we hoped for, but we’ll take it!” it tweeted on Friday.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky acknowledged the current challenges at a news conference last week and said more help is on the way.
The Washington Post, citing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported that nearly 800,000 more doses of the monkeypox vaccine could be ready for distribution by the end of the month.
Although most cases have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts warn everyone is at potential risk.
people usually will infected with the monkeypox virus B. by contact with skin lesions or body fluids of infected animals or humans or by contact with materials contaminated with the virus.
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Monkeypox, which is related to smallpox, has milder symptoms.
Some symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, rash, and pain before lesions develop.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.