The United States has officially declared a public health emergency over the monkeypox outbreak, which has reported 5,800 cases and the nationwide count, with some states seeing a massive increase in cases. “California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, taking advantage of our strong testing, contact tracing and community partnerships to ensure that those most at risk during the pandemic are vaccinated, are our focus for treatment and outreach,” says California Governor Gavin Newsom. “We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about risk mitigation, and fight stigma with the LGBTQ community.” According to experts, here are five sure signs that you have the monkeypox virus. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t forget to check out these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID,
How is monkeypox spread?
couple lying in bed together in live holding
Monkeypox is spread by close contact with an infected person, especially by prolonged skin-to-skin contact. “Intimate contact is very efficient because you’re making a little cut in the skin with a person who isn’t infected and the virus can enter very easily through an open wound,” says infectious disease specialist Peter Chin-hong, MD. “You can shake someone’s hand, you have a cut in your hand and that person has an open wound and they don’t know it, or recognize it – it’s possible.”
painful rash and blisters
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People with monkeypox have reported a painful rash, usually in just one area. “The rash can be really painful, and some patients have reported needing prescription pain medication to manage that pain,” says Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC. “Lesions can also cause long-term scarring on the skin.”
“This time, monkeypox looks different,” says board-certified dermatologist Esther E. Freeman, MD, PhD, FAAD, member of the American Academy of Dermatology’s monkeypox task force. “During this particular outbreak, we are seeing that the rash can start in the groin, genital area or around the anus – and sometimes stay in the place where it started rather than spread.”
According to the CDC, the general symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of the flu. “Traditionally, monkeypox infection starts with non-specific symptoms, things like fever, headache, feeling down, and swollen lymph nodes,” says W. Ian Lipkin, MD, the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Dr. Surgeon. “The typical symptom is a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body. However, the current outbreak has unusual features including a rash and sores that appear in the genito – Ulcers and sores of the anal area and rectum. The time for symptoms to appear is usually 7 to 14 days. The illness usually lasts between two and four weeks. It is still too early for us to be certain that we Know all the ways monkeypox can spread.”
Who is most at risk?
Health officials are warning that most cases of monkeypox are occurring in men who have sex with other men, making them an at-risk community. Epidemiologist Matteo Prochazka, consultant at the UK Health Security Agency, says: “The way we have contact with each other during sex, usually skin-to-skin, for some time, is a way of transmitting the virus to each other.” The risk is greater.” , “And that means gay men, especially gay men who have intense sexual networks, may see an increase in these cases because of their potential behavior and the number of contacts they have. So it’s less about sexual identity and more about sexual More about the network.”
Male doctor holding monkeypox vaccine.
Plans to allocate 786,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine were announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), so there will be more than 1.1 million doses available. “Our goal is to stay ahead of this virus and end this outbreak. We have a strategy in place to deploy these additional vaccine doses in a way that protects those at risk and limits the spread of the virus, as well as Works with states to ensure equitable and fair distribution,” says HHS Secretary Javier Becerra. “These vaccines are the result of years of federal investment and planning.”