With a new case in Colorado, the number of cases of monkeypox in the United States has increased to 12. The state’s Department of Public Health and Environment issued a press release Friday stating that there is no risk of contracting the virus.
This case involves a young male adult who sought treatment in Denver. He is said to be isolated and making progress at home.
A man who had just traveled to Canada was the first victim of monkeypox.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker has two cases, one in Colorado and two in California. Florida and Utah.
According to agency data, Washington, Massachusetts and New York all have one case.
Friday’s announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that more than 200 cases of monkeypox were reported worldwide. These cases were found in countries other than those usually associated with outbreaks.
Monkeypox virus can be spread through contact with infected wild animals in central and western Africa.
The Associated Press was informed by the former head of the WHO’s emergency department that European cases may have been spread because of sexual activity at raves in Spain or Belgium.
Although it is not sexually transmitted, it can be transmitted through sexual contact. A significant number of cases have been recorded among gay and bisexual men.
Some smallpox vaccines, and other therapeutics, are available to treat monkeypox. However, no vaccines against monkeypox have been developed. The WHO suggested creating a stockpile in order to share what was already available.
Last week, the CDC stated that there were vaccine doses available to prevent monkeypox in the Strategic National Stockpile. They also said that production would “ramp up” in the coming weeks.
Before lesions form, symptoms of the virus include fever, chills and rash.
Most patients are able to recover in a matter of weeks, without the need for hospitalization.