Monkeypox outbreak: Fauci says ‘never go off an emerging infection’


Amid the outbreak of monkeypox in the United States that has been declared a public health emergency, the country’s chief infectious disease expert, Anthony S.

Fauci recently told WTOP News that people do not need to change the way they live their lives but should monitor the situation and modify behaviors when more information becomes available.

“You can never get rid of an emerging infection when you don’t yet know where to go,” he explained. “You care about him. You follow him. Then you respond to her in an appropriate manner.”

The US Secretary of Health declared monkeypox a “public health emergency”

Monkeypox, an outbreak in several countries that has infected more than 7,500 people in the United States, is a sexually transmitted disease but can be transmitted through close contact, and has spread primarily among networks of men who have sex with men. However, Fauci cautioned that the virus could be transmitted to other populations, including children.

In fact, at least five children in the United States have contracted monkeypox over the past month — and more children may have been exposed recently in Illinois.

Illinois health authorities announced Friday that a person who works at a daycare center in Champaign County has tested positive for the virus, potentially exposing between 40 and 50 others, many of them children. Julie Pride, director of the Champaign-Urbana District Public Health, wrote in a text message to the Washington Post Friday night that dozens of children had been offered vaccinations.

“Does this mean that every parent in the country needs to fear this will happen to their children? Of course not,” Fauci told WTOP News. “Don’t dismiss it as something we don’t have to pay attention to. But don’t panic about it.”

What do you know about monkeypox symptoms, treatments, and prevention

Monkeypox spreads through close contact — usually skin-to-skin — or through contact with body fluids, including respiratory secretions. But a person can also get monkeypox by touching surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches or table tops, or by handling fabrics, such as clothing, bedding or towels, that a person with the virus has used, according to the Centers for Disease Control. control and prevention.

Symptoms include a rash that can appear as bumps or blisters and may itch or cause pain, as well as fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and respiratory problems such as sore throat, nasal congestion or coughing.

Patients usually recover within two to four weeks.

Those showing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. The CDC said that although there is no specific treatment, people considered to be at high risk of complications may be given antiviral drugs.

Health authorities recommend avoiding close contact with people with symptoms and practicing good hygiene, such as hand washing and hand sanitizing. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinating those with known exposure.

Data shows that the smallpox vaccine is 85 percent effective against monkeypox, according to the CDC.

Although the smallpox vaccine was stopped being given to the general public in the United States in the 1970s – years after the disease was eradicated in North America – supplies were kept on hand. A new vaccine, ACAM2000, replaced the old one in the mid-2000s. In 2019, Jynneos was approved for the prevention of smallpox and monkeypox in high-risk adults 18 years of age and older. But supplies are limited.

The CDC recommends vaccinating people within four days of exposure to prevent infection, but there may still be benefits up to 14 days. People in this situation should contact their doctor for guidance.

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