Monkeypox cases in New York City jump by 60% in only FOUR DAYS after infections nationwide climb to 244 | The Sun

Monkeypox cases in New York City jump by 60% in only FOUR DAYS after infections nationwide climb to 244 | The Sun


MONKEYPOX cases in New York City increased by 60 percent in just four days after infections nationwide climbed to 244.

The city of New York's official website, revealed on Monday that 48 people across NYC tested positive for orthopoxvirus, all cases which are likely monkeypox, as of June 27, 2022.

"Most of these people have had mild illness, have not been hospitalized and have recovered on their own," the website explains.

"Even with mild illness, the rash and sores from monkeypox can be itchy and painful."

The website adds: "Anyone can get and spread monkeypox. The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, so this community is currently at greater risk of exposure."

The spike in suspected monkeypox cases marks a 60 percent rise in just four days, NBC New York reports.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 4pm ET Monday, the total confirmed number of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases across the US reached 244.

On Monday, California appeared to have the most cases in the country with 62 cases, with New York ranking second with 37, before the numbers increased.

Other states with high numbers of cases are Florida, Illinois, District of Columbia, and Massachusetts, a CDC map reveals.

Although cases are going up in New York City, vaccination slots are filled and the "Health Department has not yet received additional doses and will not be able to offer more appointments yet," states.

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When more doses become available, the site says people who have been recently exposed to monkeypox will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

"Eligible people can get the two-dose vaccine at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Appointments are currently required," adds.

"This is yet another example of a public health failure. And consider what we just went through with COVID-19, we should be much more prepared," NYC Council Member Erik Bottcher said in regards to the unavailable vaccines, according to NBC New York.

The US confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to Massachusetts from Canada on May 17.

The CDC has released new guidance about how to identify monkeypox during the outbreak.

Traditionally, people with monkeypox have developed a fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and muscle aches.

The symptoms are followed by a rash that starts on their face or mouth and then spreads to other parts of their body – particularly the hands and feet.

However, in some recent cases, patients first experienced a rash in the mouth or around the genitals or anus.

And instead of widespread rashes, some patients saw scattered or localized lesions in areas other than the face, hands, or feet.

At times, flu-like symptoms developed after the rash, but other people didn't have those symptoms at all.

Scientists have warned of unusual symptoms in US patients that were not previously associated with the virus.

Some patients reported pain in or around the anus and rectum, rectal bleeding, proctitis (painful inflammation of the rectum lining), or the feeling of needing a bowel movement even though the bowels are empty.

Monkeypox comes from the same family of viruses like smallpox and most people recover within weeks, but the disease is fatal for up to 1 in 10 people, according to the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, monkeypox cases have risen again in the UK with officials urging Brits to stay at home if they think they have the illness.

There are now 1,076 infections across the country, an increase of 32 percent on figures reported on Friday.

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Dr Sophia Makki, incident director at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the outbreak in the UK is continuing to grow.

"We expect cases to continue to rise further in the coming days and weeks.

"If you are attending large events over the summer or having sex with new partners, be alert to any monkeypox symptoms so you can get tested rapidly and help avoid passing the infection on."

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