Monkeypox now spread to 26 states

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In just a few short weeks, the monkeypox virus has spread to more than half of the states in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alaska has not had any reports of the illness. The major outbreaks are found in California and Illinois, with 51 and 26 cases respectively.

One month ago, the CDC reported nine cases in seven states.

Now, the number has risen to 201, according to the data released Friday.

On Saturday, the World Health Organization decided to not declare it a global health emergency, but rather, labeled it an “evolving health threat.” Over 3,000 cases have been diagnosed worldwide since early May, when there were just 550 cases. The disease, once mostly confined to continental Africa, has spread to over 50 countries.

The CDC still says it’s not clear how the people are coming in contact with monkeypox, but the agency advises that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up a high number of cases. However, anyone who has been in close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk, the CDC advises.

CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox.

It’s a disease that is not unusually contagious unless there has been close contact with an infected person. The illness is rarely fatal in countries where health care is available.

According to the CDC, after infection, the virus has an incubation period of roughly 1-2 weeks. The development of initial symptoms include fever, malaise, headache, and weakness.

A feature that distinguishes infection with monkeypox from that of smallpox is the development of swollen lymph nodes. Swelling of the lymph nodes may be generalized (involving many different locations on the body) or localized to several areas, such as the neck and armpit.

Shortly after the early symptoms, a rash appears. Lesions typically begin to develop simultaneously and evolve together on any given part of the body. The evolution of lesions progresses through four stages—macular, papular, vesicular, to pustular—before scabbing over and resolving.

The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. The severity of illness can depend upon the initial health of the individual, the route of exposure, and the strain of the infecting virus (West African vs. Central African virus genetic groups, or clades). West African monkeypox is associated with milder disease, fewer deaths, and limited human-to-human transmission. Human infections with the Central African monkeypox virus clade are typically more severe compared to those with the West African virus clade and have a higher mortality. Person-to-person spread is well-documented for Central African monkeypox virus, the CDC says.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Get your mask now and beat the mandate!
    Stock up on groceries and beat the lockdown!

    A wonderful new tool for the left to make sure that come November you vote their way or not at all!

  2. Oh MAN, we’d better hurry and approve a vaccine in 6 months when it usually takes 12 years, shoot into children as young as 6 months old, shut down the entire economy even though it’ll starve millions to death and cost trillion$$$, and most of all we’d better get the voter drop boxes back so Obiden can make a totally mockery of democracy again.

  3. Here we go again! Only this time I hope the masses will have learned…. Or is it mass psychosis formation again. Run out and get you monkey pox jab everyone!!!

  4. No doubt, these Dems are in political trouble, and will pull out all of the stops in order to hijack this upcoming election. Monkey-Pox may be another one of these opportunities that they ‘shamelessly’ try to leverage.
    Specific stocks that could benefit from such a hyped-up drama could potentially be …. CODX, GOVX, SIGA, TNXP. Might as well bank a few bucks while the drama-n-trauma ensues beyond or control, absent any measure of logic … reason …. Common sense.

    • Tempting to get rich off that advice but I’m not a principle-challenged liberals so just can’t do that.

  5. Another gay disease. What is God trying to tell us. But I am sure that the big pharmaceutical companies will have a vaccine that we all will have to take in order to travel.

  6. The old-fashioned smallpox vaccine works. And has been in use for about two centuries now I had it as a kid before they stopped giving it

  7. I thought that the WHO, World Health Organization as opposed to the rock band, was not calling the disease “Monkey Pox” anymore because according to some snowflake, that term was racist.

  8. Little off subject….
    A friend working in a federal agency here in Las Anchorage was told they are to begin weekly Covid testing again very soon. But only for the uninjected.
    Tell me where that makes any sense.

  9. It’s a sexual transmitted disease, the herpes complex! Which is also chicken pox! Many herpes viruses! Whatever!

    Damn chickens! Give them a bad name?

    • Chicken Pox is not a primary sexual disease. I had it has a freshman in high school. Wasn’t into sex then, so there were other ways to spread it. Wonder if that is also true of Monkey Pox, or whatever they want to call it now. If so, just ride it out keep the areas clean.

  10. Lies, lies, and more lies…monkey pox is spread through anal sex. Stop it already, media, we’re onto you and your illegitimate PCR test. We ain’t buying what you’re selling!

  11. better dust off those mask and get ready for lock down 3.0 anchorage dont let us down lafrance

  12. Preventing yourself from contracting Monkeypox is very simple. Refrain from large sex events with people you don’t know. Same for the new “Super Gonorrhea,” you need to stay away from Malaysian brothels.

  13. Oh, Oh, not more Virtue Signal Apparatus (aka masks)….Naw… the left won’t want to be associated with this virus.

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