It is laborious to get examined. Vaccines are in brief provide. The monkeypox outbreak could resemble the early levels of the COVID-19 pandemic, however it’s not the identical.


Features of the monkeypox outbreak within the U.S. could resemble the early section of the COVID pandemic. Testing is tough to return by, and vaccines are in brief provide. However NPR’s Pien Huang explains why monkeypox is totally different.

PIEN HUANG, BYLINE: Greater than 400 individuals within the U.S. have been troubled with painful, itchy poxes and lesions that may final for as much as a month. It is the 2022 monkeypox outbreak, and it is simply getting began.

JENNIFER MCQUISTON: And in the US, I believe we’re actually in a section of accelerating circumstances.

HUANG: That is Dr. Jennifer McQuiston. She’s incident commander for the monkeypox response on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The U.S. circumstances first appeared seven weeks in the past in individuals who had traveled to Europe.

MCQUISTON: There seems to be extra sustained neighborhood transmission occurring in some cities in the US with individuals perhaps not realizing who they obtained monkeypox from.

HUANG: However McQuiston says monkeypox will not be spreading in the identical methods as COVID.

MCQUISTON: Monkeypox may be very totally different. It is not unfold simply. It requires direct, shut contact. And a lot of the circumstances that we’re conscious of are related to intimate contact and even sexual contacts.

HUANG: The present monkeypox outbreak is concentrated amongst males who’ve intercourse with males with a number of companions and have been someplace monkeypox is understood to be spreading. McQuiston says that is truly dramatically totally different from the best way monkeypox has traditionally unfold. Outbreaks of the virus have been widespread in components of Central and West Africa, the place it usually spreads from animals, with restricted human-to-human transmission. This week, the federal government rolled out its monkeypox vaccination marketing campaign, making tens of hundreds of doses obtainable to individuals who might need been uncovered.

MCQUISTON: By means of a mixture of the instruments we have now in hand – and that will be enough contact tracing, isolating circumstances, providing vaccine extra broadly – we’ll be capable to see circumstances begin to be contained.

HUANG: However she warns that the U.S. might be in danger till the worldwide outbreak can also be below management.

Pien Huang, NPR Information.

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