May 24, 2022
Public health officials continue to monitor reports of suspected monkeypox cases in the U.S. and around the world.
There are more than 185 confirmed cases and 90 suspected cases in about 20 countries, according to Global Health data. This includes two confirmed cases and six suspected cases in the U.S.
During a media briefing this week, CDC officials said they expected to see additional monkeypox cases, but the virus is not widespread at this point. They emphasized the importance of knowing the signs of the illness and seeking treatment if symptoms arise.
“Right now, the case count is low,” said Jennifer McQuiston, DVM, MS, CDC deputy director, division of high consequence pathogens and pathology.
The CDC highlighted the following key points about the public health response:
Anyone can develop or spread the virus, said John Brooks, MD, medical epidemiologist, division of HIV/AIDS prevention. In some cases—during the early stages of illness—the rash has been mischaracterized as herpes, chickenpox, or syphilis, Brooks said, so it is important that clinicians are aware of the signs.
He emphasized that patients should seek medical care immediately if they develop new, unexplained skin rashes, with or without fever and chills, and avoid contact with others.
More information about monkeypox and the CDC’s response is available online. Additional information for clinicians is also available.
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