Cailianhe News, August 3 (edited by Niu Zhanlin)Monkeypox is spreading rapidly across the United States and shows no signs of slowing, with states declaring states of emergency. In recent days, the United States has surpassed Spain as the country with the most confirmed cases, and the federal level is hesitating to declare a national public health emergency.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 5,811 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States as of 14:00 Eastern time on August 1. California has the second highest number of cases with 827, while New York has the highest number of confirmed cases with 1,390.
Some people infected with monkeypox have complained that they have not received adequate guidance from doctors and public health officials in dealing with the outbreak, both in terms of treatment and prevention.
Public health experts have noted that the Biden administration and the CDC were too slow to respond to the outbreak and still haven't done enough to curb the spread of monkeypox.
"We also have a problem communicating with the community," said Jason Rosenberg, a member of ACT UP, an AIDS advocacy group. "People are going their own way, there's no one standard, it's not the best public health strategy."
Federal health officials note that with more than 5,800 confirmed cases so far in the United States, the vast majority among gay men, the virus is spread primarily through sex, but much remains unknown.
The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern," the organization's highest level of alert. Monkeypox virus is transmitted by close contact, which can be caused by broken skin, mucous membranes, bodily fluids of an infected person, or even contact with virus-contaminated sheets.
Public health experts believe airborne transmission is rare, but it can occur in some cases. Experts recommend that people at risk get vaccinated when possible, not share bedding or towels, wash their hands frequently, avoid close physical contact with people with rashes or sores, or limit the number of partners.
In the United States, most people infected with MONKEYpox have mild symptoms, but severe cases have been reported. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study of more than 500 MONKEYPOX patients in 16 countries found that 13 percent were hospitalized for pain.
One infected Chicago patient, Josh Watson, said he had lesions in different parts of his body, including parts of his throat, that made it difficult for him to eat and drink. "The risk of monkeypox is greatly underestimated and people need to be aware that the risk of infection is high, the symptoms are severe and the death rate is low, but the severe pain is also intolerable."