The United States has highlighted the outbreak of monkeypox as the start of a new sexually transmitted disease (STD). Some experts are concerned that monkeypox will spread more widely so that it can become ‘root’ STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes and HIV.
So far, no one is really sure about the effectiveness of the trial and how vaccines can stop monkeypox outbreaks from spreading. Health officials have not been able to determine the speed of transmission of the virus. It is also uncertain how many people are infected but transmit monkeypox without knowing it.
But Dr Rochelle Valensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the government’s response to the spread of monkeypox is getting stronger every day and the supply of the vaccine will continue to increase.
“I think we still have a chance to stop this (monkeypox outbreak),” Valensky was quoted by The Associated Press as The New York Post, Sunday (24/7/2022).
It is known that monkeypox is an endemic disease in some parts of Africa. Patients usually become infected through the bite of a rodent or small animal. However, earlier the disease did not spread easily between individuals.
But this year, more than 15,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in countries that have historically never lived with the disease. In the US and Europe, most cases of monkeypox occur in men who have sex with other men. Although the CDC emphasizes, anyone can catch the monkeypox virus regardless of their sexual orientation.
Monkeypox is mainly spread through skin-to-skin contact, but monkeypox can also be spread by touching objects infected with the virus. Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and lumps in the body.