Expert warns monkey pox IS the next pandemic, but ‘nothing like the Covid outbreak’.

Expert warns monkey pox IS the next pandemic, but 'nothing like the Covid outbreak'.

An expert warns that monkeypox will become the next pandemic to hit the world, as the current outbreak of the virus has caused more than 30,000 cases worldwide, with about a third of the infections detected in the United States alone , home to the largest outbreak in the United States. world

Dr. Joseph Eisenberg, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said in an interview that he believes the flaring virus will become the next pandemic in the US, but it will not reach the same heights as COVID-19.

His comments come as the nation’s outbreak begins to spiral out of control.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 366 more infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 10,758 confirmed cases.

The surge in cases and the potential for the virus to become a pandemic has health officials scrambling. America is facing a massive vaccine shortage, with only about 1.1 million available.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reportedly considering dividing shots into fifths to make limited supplies go further, although the move has been criticized as there is little data to support it. they endorse

“Monkey pox is the next pandemic,” Eisenberg said.

“It’s spreading globally across several countries, including the U.S. In the U.S., cases are rapidly increasing by the thousands.

“It’s a different kind of pandemic than we see in Covid, though, because it’s much less infectious and it’s currently affecting a specific risk group that involves very close and intimate contact. And so, yes, it’s a pandemic, but it is nothing like the covid pandemic.

Not everyone agrees that the situation is so dire, however. Dr. Andrew Brouwer, an assistant research scientist at the Michigan School of Public Health, pushed back in the same interview.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has sensitized us to disease transmission. Other outbreaks … received much less attention,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean we should let MPV and other outbreaks fly under the radar, but we should have some perspective that outbreaks of various diseases happen all the time and not all of them are existential threats.”

However, Brouwer believes the increased attention to the virus is helping to combat it, making the average person more aware of its spread and how to spot a potential case.

The virus has spread rapidly to start the new month. More than half of the 10,758 total confirmed cases in the United States – 5,569 – have been detected in the last 11 days alone.

More than a fifth of US cases are in New York, where 2,187 cases have been confirmed. The Big Apple, in particular, has become the nation’s largest smallpox hotspot, just as it did early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

California (1,892 confirmed cases of monkeypox) and Florida (1,053) are the only states with more than 1,000 cases each.

The virus has been detected in 49 states and the District of Columbia, with Wyoming the lone state still at zero.

Case numbers have increased in recent weeks, likely for multiple reasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has greatly expanded testing efforts, with the nation able to test about 80,000 people each week.

Americans are also more aware of monkeypox, and a person with symptoms is more likely to seek medical attention. Doctors are also more vigilant about testing anyone with symptoms.

But there are also fears that the virus will spread uncontrollably to the point where it can no longer be controlled, especially as more cases occur outside of gay and bisexual men, who initially made up almost all of the infections.

However, officials appear to have been caught off guard by this outbreak, leading to an initial shortage of tests and a lack of vaccine supplies that still hampers the response.

When jabs are available in major population centers like New York City, appointments have filled up within minutes due to very high demand.

To quell shortages of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, federal officials plan to deliver doses of the vaccine that are just 0.1 milliliters (ml), a massive drop from the standard dose of 0.5 ml.

They believe that using an intradermal injection, which delivers the vaccine between the layers of the skin rather than under the skin’s fat, will ensure that the vaccine is just as effective.

But there are some questions about whether this is the right decision.

In 2015, researchers found that smallpox vaccines were just as effective when delivered in smaller doses if the injection was given intradermally.

Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb (pictured) told CBS' Face the Nation that access to monkeypox testing and vaccines should be expanded to control the current outbreak

Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb (pictured) told CBS’ Face the Nation that access to monkeypox testing and vaccines should be expanded to control the current outbreak

However, it was only one study conducted in 524 participants and using a different vaccine.

Paul Chaplin, CEO of Jynneos manufacturer Bavariant Nordic, published an open letter to Dr. Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, expressing his concern about the lack of data to support the plan.

The Danish pharmaceutical giant is calling for more tests on the effectiveness of smaller doses before the nation reviews its vaccine strategy.

Currently, the shots are mostly reserved for men who have sex with other men, although some exposed people have been given the shot as a precaution.

Dam access may need to be expanded soon. Some officials fear that the virus has already escaped this sexual network and is now in other groups as well.

“There’s a potential to put it back in the box, but it’s going to be very difficult at this point,” FDA training chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS’ Face the Nation last weekend.

“We continue to find cases in the community of men who have sex with men, it’s spreading primarily within that community, but there’s no question that it’s spread outside of that community at this point and I think we need to start look for cases. more widely.’

Gottlieb said anyone with an atypical case of shingles or herpes should be tested for monkeypox at this time.

Expanding testing will either find more cases, giving officials more information they can use to control the outbreak, or confirm more people as negative and confirm areas where the virus is not spreading.

He also believes the CDC should begin monitoring wastewater, which can give more general pictures of where the virus is spreading without individual tests.

Despite his concerns, Gottlieb doesn’t think the virus has reached a point where the average American needs to worry.

“I don’t think that’s something that people need to worry about in general,” he explained.

“I think the incidence of this infection in the general community is still very low. Your risk of coming into contact with monkeypox is still very low outside of certain social networks where you see a higher case rate.

“If you’re going to contain it … we need to start looking more widely.”

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