Selangor Journal
Test tubes labelled “Monkeypox virus positive” are seen in this illustration taken on May 22, 2022. — Picture by REUTERS

US reports nearly 24,000 monkeypox cases

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 — Nearly 24,000 monkeypox cases had been confirmed in the United States (US) as of Monday, according to the latest data of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

California had the most confirmed cases among US states so far, with 4,656 cases, followed by New York with 3,755 and Florida with 2,398, according to CDC data, reported Xinhua.

Monkeypox infections are rarely fatal, with most cases resolving within two to four weeks. According to the World Health Organisation, the disease has a fatality rate of around three per cent to six per cent.

However, immunocompromised individuals are more likely to experience severe illness when infected, according to the CDC.

US health officials are warning doctors against overusing the lone drug available to treat monkeypox.

Viruses are constantly evolving to better infect humans and overcome new drugs and vaccines, according to the CDC.

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that the antiviral drug, called Tecovirimat, is highly vulnerable to resistance. Even a small mutation in the virus could leave the drug ineffective.

— Bernama

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