Posted: Friday, July 22, 2022. 10:53 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that there are now 15,848 cases of monkeypox globally.
In the U.S., there are 2,592 reported cases of the disease.
The rapid spread of Monkeypox could be the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease (STD), Loop reports.
Experts are closely monitoring the path of the disease with some noting that it could become so widespread that it could be an STD like herpes and HIV.
At this time, experts are yet to study how well vaccines and treatments are working.
CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the government’s response is growing stronger every day and vaccine supplies will soon surge.
“I think we still have an opportunity to contain this,” Walensky said.
Statistics show that the majority of cases in the U.S. and Europe are among men who have sex with men, though health officials have stressed that anyone can catch the virus.
Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and bumps on parts of the body.
In June, the CDC began recommending that shots be offered to those who realize on their own that they could have been infected.
Dr. Walensky warned that if Monkeypox is not contained over the world, there is a risk of flare-ups from travelers.
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