MONKEYPOX cases in New York City increased by 60 percent in just four days after infections nationwide climbed to 244.
The city of New York’s official website, revealed on Monday that 48 people across NYC tested positive for orthopoxvirus, all cases which are likely monkeypox, as of June 27, 2022.
“Most of these people have had mild illness, have not been hospitalized and have recovered on their own,” the website explains.
“Even with mild illness, the rash and sores from monkeypox can be itchy and painful.”
The website adds: “Anyone can get and spread monkeypox. The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, so this community is currently at greater risk of exposure.”
The spike in suspected monkeypox cases marks a 60 percent rise in just four days, NBC New York Berichte.
Laut der Zentren für die Kontrolle und Prävention von Krankheiten (CDC), as of 4pm ET Monday, the total confirmed number of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases across the US reached 244.
Am Montag, California appeared to have the most cases in the country with 62 Fälle, with New York ranking second with 37, before the numbers increased.
Other states with high numbers of cases are Florida, Illinois, District of Columbia, and Massachusetts, ein CDC map enthüllt.
Although cases are going up in New York City, vaccination slots are filled and the “Health Department has not yet received additional doses and will not be able to offer more appointments yet,” NYC.gov states.
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When more doses become available, the site says people who have been recently exposed to monkeypox will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
“Eligible people can get the two-dose vaccine at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic on Monday, Dienstag, Donnerstag, Friday and Sunday, zwischen 11 morgens. und 7 Uhr. Appointments are currently required,” NYC.gov adds.
“This is yet another example of a public health failure. And consider what we just went through with COVID-19, we should be much more prepared,” NYC Council Member Erik Bottcher said in regards to the unavailable vaccines, according to NBC New York.
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State Senator Brad Hoylman said in a letter to the state governor demanding more vaccines: “A thousand doses for a population of over 700,000 is an outrage.
“And I don’t know that we’ve learned our lesson. We have a population that wants the vaccine, that should be a good thing.
“I’m concerned because this outbreak has affected a subset of the population, the federal government isn’t taking this seriously. And we’ve seen that movie before.”