We aren’t even finished with the first week of Pride Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is already reporting that there are 21 cases and warning of a summer resurgence.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week tallied 21 more cases of mpox, the disease formerly called monkeypox, as authorities are now bracing for the possibility of a resurgence over the coming months.
Illinois makes up the largest share of new cases, with nine new infections reported to the CDC. New York and Maryland each counted three additional infections.
Mpox case totals for Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Utah and Virginia each climbed by one since last week.
The agency recently deployed staff to investigate a number of cases around Chicago, which includes several infections of fully vaccinated men. Health officials say the outbreak has primarily involved men who have sex with men.
“CDC is collaborating with the Chicago Department of Health to investigate this cluster and specifically looking into why we are seeing more vaccinated cases than expected,” Dr. Christopher Braden, head of the CDC’s mpox response, said in a recent call with clinicians.
One public health official in the San Diego area mostly focused on festivals and outdoor events when discussing the news.
The region, said Dr. Ankita Kadakia, deputy public health officer , has not had a new case reported since February, but outreach efforts to the communities that are most at risk is underway.
“Although we have not seen the same situation in San Diego that has been observed in Chicago, we still want to take a proactive approach,” Kadakia said. “We know that summer is coming up and travel is coming up, and there are a lot of festivals and outdoor events where people will be gathering.
“We just want to, you know, give a reminder to our local community about the availability of mpox vaccination, and we also have testing available if somebody is concerned.”
Festivals and outdoor events like this:
This happened at a pride parade in public view where kids could see it. What you do in your bedroom with consenting adults is your business but when you bring your bedroom to the bed of a pickup truck and do THIS in public, then we must pass laws to ban it.pic.twitter.com/2C3k7aTrV6
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 5, 2023
Health officials in San Francisco continue to push vaccines.
…[H]ealth and government officials are advising unvaccinated individuals, especially those in groups which could be disproportionately affected, to get the preventive doses ahead of the summer season and The City’s pride festivities.
Mpox is an infectious disease caused by a virus, which can result in a painful rash and fever. The virus primarily spreads through sustained skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids, which can occur at crowded events, sexual contact or sharing clothing or bedding. The infection is rarely fatal and usually resolves on its own within two weeks or a month.
In May, San Francisco had no new reported cases of mpox, according to city data. But that’s no reason to let your guard down, city officials warn.
“Cases of mpox in San Francisco remain low, however, we remain watchful, as several new cases have recently been reported in other parts of the country,” said San Francisco Health Officer, Susan Philip in a press release.
Hopefully, the vaccines for monkeypox will remain effective at preventing infection and transmission…unlike others that have been promoted by “experts.”DONATE
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