World health officials on Thursday announced a second meeting to assess whether monkeypox is “a global health problem,” according to the World Health Organization, and Florida continues to see cases of monkeypox.
The rare disease in several countries in central and western Africa has reached 139 people in 12 states in Florida, with the most cases in Broward (90) and Miami-Dade (22) counties, according to health information. In Florida, the state health department previously reported 105 cases of chicken pox in 10 counties.
Globally, the World Health Organization reported in July that two people have died from the virus since it was last updated, bringing the total to three deaths from the virus from January 1 to July 4, 2022, according to a WHO report. The group held a meeting on June 23 on the emergency situation and did not declare an emergency. Now, with cases and deaths rising and various health advocates concerned, the WHO has set a second meeting on July 21.
WHO and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the spread of monkeys in 2022.
Often causing a rash and other symptoms, the monkeypox virus continues to spread throughout the country and around the world.
If the organization declares a monkey health crisis, health officials “will provide interim recommendations on how to prevent and reduce the spread of the disease and improve the global health response,” according to a WHO statement.
However, the World Health Network, an international coalition of scientists and advocates, has already declared the monkey virus a pandemic.
According to WHN, the group has “declared the outbreak of monkeypox as a Public Health Emergency of Global Concern, which shows that the outbreak is not limited to one country or region and must be addressed with immediate action wherever human transmission occurs in order to ensure the necessary efforts ‘ono and that the smallest problem will be destroyed by this epidemic.”
In addition, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has urged “the World Health Organization not to repeat the previous mistake of delaying the announcement of COVID-19 and declaring the monkey epidemic a global emergency (PHEIC),” according to a report from the source. Business Wire.
Statewide, California has seen the most cases of rabies (161), followed by New York (159) and Illinois (152), according to the most recent data from the CDC. There have been 11,068 cases in 65 states, the CDC said, as of Thursday afternoon. The Florida CDC’s number of cases is lower than the number of cases reported by the Florida Department of Health.
The WHO has its own data on cases and these may differ from those of the CDC.
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration has announced an anti-monkey strategy that includes expanding testing using commercial laboratories, as well as other health measures.
On Thursday, the CDC announced that Aegis Sciences had begun testing monkeys using the CDC’s orthopoxvirus test in its laboratories in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a CDC press release.
Aegis can accept samples from anywhere in the country and expects to conduct up to 10,000 tests per week, the CDC said. Other major commercial laboratories testing for monkeypox include Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics.
CDC officials advise that anyone with a rash that looks like a monkey should see a doctor to see if they can get tested for the disease.
Previous studies show that “homosexuals, homosexuals, and other men who have sex with men are more likely,” the CDC said on its website. However, anyone can become infected with monkeypox if they come in contact with an infected person.
“The ability of commercial laboratories to test monkeys is a critical pillar in our overall strategy to fight this disease,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement Thursday. “This will not only increase the number of tests but also make it easier for providers and patients to get tested using existing networks of laboratory providers.”