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1st monkeypox case in US this year reported in Massachusetts

Kitamita

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You ladies may have heard about this being detected in Europe. Well, it made it over here.

Thankfully the virus does not spread easily between people; the transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. So please mask up, wash your hands and wipe down surfaces.
 
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Evolving78

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You ladies may have heard about this being detected in Europe. Well, it made it over here.

Thankfully the virus does not spread easily between people; the transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. So please mask up, wash your hands and wipe down surfaces.
I’m just gonna stay in the house again. Ya’ll let me know when 2023 comes, and I might peep my head outside.
 

dancinstallion

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So it is being reported that there are now 17 cases in Montreal, also being reported that all the cases are among gay men.


Also :scratchchin:
Why would this drug be approved if smallpox was eradicated decades ago? I am tired, is there another place on earth where I can go and hide/live?



Brincidofovir was approved for medical use in the United States in June 2021.[1]


Brincidofovir

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Brincidofovir, sold under the brand name Tembexa, is an antiviral drug used to treat smallpox. Brincidofovir is a prodrug of cidofovir.[2] Conjugated to a lipid, the compound is designed to release cidofovir intracellularly, allowing for higher intracellular and lower plasma concentrations of cidofovir, effectively increasing its activity against dsDNA viruses, as well as oral bioavailability.[3]



 
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Kitamita

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LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox on Friday, according to sources close to the U.N. agency.

The committee due to meet is the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards with Pandemic and Epidemic Potential (STAG-IH), which advises WHO on infection risks that could pose a threat to global health.

More than 100 cases of viral infection, which spreads through close contact and is usually mild, have recently been reported outside the countries in Africa where it is endemic.



STAG-IH is not the committee within WHO that would suggest that monkeypox be declared a public health emergency of international concern, WHO's highest form of alert, which is currently applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a group of experts made up of scientists from across the globe, and is chaired by David Heymann, a professor of epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Earlier today, a WHO spokesperson told a Geneva press briefing that the agency was working to share information and organize technical meetings on the monkeypox outbreak.

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The good thing is we already have medicine & vax for this.
 
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Evolving78

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LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox on Friday, according to sources close to the U.N. agency.

The committee due to meet is the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards with Pandemic and Epidemic Potential (STAG-IH), which advises WHO on infection risks that could pose a threat to global health.

More than 100 cases of viral infection, which spreads through close contact and is usually mild, have recently been reported outside the countries in Africa where it is endemic.


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The good thing is we already have medicine & vax for this.


STAG-IH is not the committee within WHO that would suggest that monkeypox be declared a public health emergency of international concern, WHO's highest form of alert, which is currently applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a group of experts made up of scientists from across the globe, and is chaired by David Heymann, a professor of epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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Earlier today, a WHO spokesperson told a Geneva press briefing that the agency was working to share information and organize technical meetings on the monkeypox outbreak.

They better get this under control. Pride Month is coming.
 

Peppermynt

Defying Gravity
From what I’ve read if you were vaccinated for smallpox it’s lifelong. Assuming that the same vaccine works for monkeypox then if you were vaccinated for smallpox you would be “safe”.
 

Queenie

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Israel and Switzerland are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 14.
Both countries said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled, but Israel said it was investigating other suspected cases.
More than 80 cases have been confirmed in the recent outbreak in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.
This outbreak has taken scientists by surprise, but monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be low.

The illness is usually mild and most people recover in a few weeks, according to the UK's National Health Service.
The World Health Organization has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated - without naming the countries involved - and warned that more infections are likely to be confirmed.

Asked about the outbreak as he finished a visit to South Korea, US President Joe Biden said that if the virus were to spread more widely it would be "consequential", adding that "it is something that everybody should be concerned about"
He said the US was "working hard" on its response and what vaccines in might use.
After the outbreak was first identified in the UK, the virus began to be detected across Europe - with public health agencies in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden all confirming cases.

The UK Health Security Agency has identified 20 cases so far and its chief medical adviser Dr Susan Hopkins told the BBC's Sunday Morning programme: "We are detecting more cases on a daily basis."
She said the virus is now spreading in the community - with cases detected which have no contact with anyone who has visited West Africa, where the disease is endemic.

But the risk to the general population remains "extremely low", with cases so far mostly found in some urban areas and among gay or bisexual men, Dr Hopkins said.
Although there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, several countries have said they are stocking up on smallpox vaccines, which are about 85% effective in preventing infection because the two viruses are quite similar.
 

dancinstallion

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Israel and Switzerland are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 14.
Both countries said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled, but Israel said it was investigating other suspected cases.
More than 80 cases have been confirmed in the recent outbreak in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.
This outbreak has taken scientists by surprise, but monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be low.

The illness is usually mild and most people recover in a few weeks, according to the UK's National Health Service.
The World Health Organization has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated - without naming the countries involved - and warned that more infections are likely to be confirmed.

Asked about the outbreak as he finished a visit to South Korea, US President Joe Biden said that if the virus were to spread more widely it would be "consequential", adding that "it is something that everybody should be concerned about"
He said the US was "working hard" on its response and what vaccines in might use.
After the outbreak was first identified in the UK, the virus began to be detected across Europe - with public health agencies in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden all confirming cases.

The UK Health Security Agency has identified 20 cases so far and its chief medical adviser Dr Susan Hopkins told the BBC's Sunday Morning programme: "We are detecting more cases on a daily basis."
She said the virus is now spreading in the community - with cases detected which have no contact with anyone who has visited West Africa, where the disease is endemic.

But the risk to the general population remains "extremely low", with cases so far mostly found in some urban areas and among gay or bisexual men, Dr Hopkins said.
Although there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, several countries have said they are stocking up on smallpox vaccines, which are about 85% effective in preventing infection because the two viruses are quite similar.


They keep saying the risk is low yet it is spreading in many countries and amongst gay men, and in people who haven't traveled but still caught it. So the risk is only low if you aren't around people. Which I don't mind but we have to travel to a few places and I don't want to be around people with no masks on airplanes and who don't wash their hands.
Ugh Ugh
 
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Kitamita

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They keep saying the risk is low yet it is spreading in many countries and amongst gay men, and in people who haven't traveled but still caught it. So the risk is only low if you aren't around people. Which I don't mind but we have to travel to a few places and I don't want to be around people with no masks on airplanes and who don't wash their hands.
Ugh Ugh
Exactly. Even though it seems to be in one community. Who knows if and when it will spill over. We know HIV didn't stay. I have a convention I have to attend at the end of this month with over 450 vendors plus the public... I was already hesitant because of covid19.
This virus seems to be mild but looks nasty and I am not trying to catch that!
 
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SoniT

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Exactly. Even though it seems to be in one community. Who knows if and when it will spill over. We know HIV didn't stay. I have a convention I have to attend with over 450 vendors plus the public... I was already hesitant because of covid19.
This virus seems to mild but looks nasty and am not trying to catch that!
Yes those bumps look so nasty. I don't like seeing pictures of it.
 

Kitamita

Well-Known Member

The surge may be caused by older hidden cases being identified much better now. People have become aware of a new disease and its symptoms. If so, the growth rate should soon drop. But we'll see.

Monkeypox also doesn't come from monkeys, it's named after them because it was studied in them. Monekypox naturally exists in rodents. Also, the origin of the spread has been placed well and firmly in Europe.
 
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Leeda.the.Paladin

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I get why people are upset about this potentially being characterized as a gay disease but I don't understand why the cases so far have been among gay men. I know they aren't the only ones engaging in risky behavior. What's this about?

Men in general engage in more risky behavior whether it be sex or life threatening stunts. There’s a reason why most traumatic brain injuries happen to men and not women. When a woman is half of the equation of a potentially risky situation , there is a less chance of there being risk involved to both parties. Put two men together, and I would imagine that risk increases a lot. This is especially true in young men.

Im not saying that women never do risky things but it’s less likely. But even the car insurance companies know that a young male is more of a risk than a young female.
 

Black Ambrosia

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Men in general engage in more risky behavior whether it be sex or life threatening stunts. There’s a reason why most traumatic brain injuries happen to men and not women. When a woman is half of the equation of a potentially risky situation , there is a less chance of there being risk involved to both parties. Put two men together, and I would imagine that risk increases a lot. This is especially true in young men.

Im not saying that women never do risky things but it’s less likely. But even the car insurance companies know that a young male is more of a risk than a young female.
Generally speaking I agree but men and when are both out here having sex and there are lots of reckless women so it’s odd to me that the infections are mostly among gay and bisexual men. Are men more likely to get infected in general?

I wonder what the lag time is between transmission and the infection being reported. I remember when it was just one Covid case somewhere in California and another in Chicago. Now here we are.
 

Leeda.the.Paladin

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Generally speaking I agree but men and when are both out here having sex and there are lots of reckless women so it’s odd to me that the infections are mostly among gay and bisexual men. Are men more likely to get infected in general?

I wonder what the lag time is between transmission and the infection being reported. I remember when it was just one Covid case somewhere in California and another in Chicago. Now here we are.
This particular outbreak is linked to 2 festivals, one of which I know was a gay pride celebration in spain.

 

Evolving78

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