Monkeypox public health emergency declared in America: More than 7 thousand cases of infection have been found so far, 1,666 cases in New York alone.
The United States on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency. According to US Health and Human Services Secretary Javier Becerra, this emergency has been imposed for 90 days only. He said – We urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and take responsibility to help us deal with this virus. Huh. America is ready to take the fight against this virus to the next level.
According to the monkeypox meter, there are 7,102 cases of this disease in America. About a quarter of these cases, ie 1,666 cases, were registered in New York. On August 2, President Biden has assigned the responsibility of dealing with the virus to two senior officers.
6 lakh doses of monkeypox were given in the US
According to the New York Times, 6 lakh doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine for monkeypox and smallpox have been delivered in the US as of mid-July, but this number is small given the risk to a population of about 1.6 million people. Biden’s chief health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that an additional 2.5 million doses of the Bavarian Nordic (BAVA.CO) vaccine have been ordered.
He said that when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, there was no vaccine for it, but there are already vaccines and treatments available for monkeypox. It was first produced in Africa in the 1970s.
9 cases of monkeypox in India so far
Two new cases of monkeypox were reported in Delhi AIIMS on Thursday. Both have been admitted to LNJP Hospital in the capital. Both the patients also do not have any travel history. After getting the new cases, there have been a total of 9 positive cases of monkeypox in the country. Of these, 5 are from Kerala and the rest are from Delhi.
According to Dr. Lalit Dar, Professor in the Department of Microbiology, 15 labs are registered with ICMR for testing monkeypox across the country. He said that RTPCR is also done for monkeypox. We have the capacity to take 400 samples a day depending on the need and the number of patients. At present, samples are coming from Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana for testing.