Monkey pox can be spread through the air, but only through ‘sustained’ face-to-face contact with an infected person, the director of the CDC revealed on Friday when the national infection rate hit 49 cases and Hawaii officials say they fear the tropical disease is ‘in our society’.
In a briefing Friday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that monkey pox was transmitted through physical contact with symptomatic patients and by touching their clothes and bedding.
But in an attempt to clarify whether face masks are necessary to avoid catching the rash-causing virus, the epidemiologist explained that the rash-causing virus would not ‘linger in the air’ like Covid.
“The disease does not spread through random conversations, past others in a grocery store or by touching things like door handles,” she said. ‘All the cases we have seen to date in this outbreak have been related to direct contact.’
During the conference, health officials also urged Americans with any sexually transmitted infection – including syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia – to be tested for monkey pox.
They warned that many patients experienced rashes and ulcers on the genitals and anus that resembled venereal diseases. Several cases of co-infection with monkey pox and a sexually transmitted disease have also been reported.
America’s monkey poop case rose to 49 today, with Rhode Island becoming the fifteenth state to report a case of the disease. Hawaii officials – who reported their third case on Thursday – are now warning that it could already be sent unchecked into their community.
The update on how the virus is transmitted came after it issued instructions for people to wear face masks in countries experiencing outbreaks, and then u-turned only 13 hours after it was reported by the media.
A total of 49 cases of monkey pox have now been recorded in 15 states in America and Washington DC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most cases are in people who have recently returned from abroad
Dr. Rochelle Walensky (left), who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said monkey pox could only spread through the air during prolonged face-to-face contact. Dr. Jennifer McQuiston (right), who heads the agency’s response, said most cases were with people who had recently traveled
During the briefing today, Walensky stressed that the virus was only transmitted through the air via large droplets that were expelled from infected people, which quickly fall to the ground.
“It can spread through respiratory secretions when people have persistent face-to-face contact,” she said. ‘[But] all the cases that we have seen to date in this outbreak have been related to direct contact with patients or with materials that have touched them either through close contact or through bedding and what not. ‘
The US Army reports the first case of monkey pox in a soldier in Germany
The US Army has reported its first case of monkey poop a base in Germany.
The soldier – who is not named – was tested positive for the tropical disease at the facility in Stuttgart in the southwestern part of the country.
Military officials have now quarantined the person in their homes until symptoms subside.
The German authorities have been informed of the case and contact tracing is underway.
The Stuttgart base is a garrison for about 23,000 soldiers.
The U.S. Army base in Stuttgart, where the case was reported
Reveal the case, Capt. William Speaks said: ‘We can confirm that an official from the military community in Suttgart was recently tested positive for monkey pox.
‘The person was seen and treated at the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic and is currently in isolation.’
Germany has discovered 165 cases of monkey pox to date, local officials say.
‘Monkey cups are not thought of to get stuck in the air.
‘When we consider airborne transmission at the CDC, particles that are emitted can remain suspended in the air for a long time.
“We don’t see evidence of that with monkey cups, so it’s really close to face to face and skin contact.”
She added: ‘This disease can occur in the same way as other sexually transmitted infections.
“There have also been cases of concomitant infection with monkey pox and others, including syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
“We tell healthcare professionals that they should evaluate patients for all STIs other than monkey pox and that they should not rule it out just because someone has monkey pox or another STI.”
Medical literature says that people infected with monkey pox experience flu-like symptoms within the first 21 days after catching the virus, followed by a rash that appears on the face before spreading to the rest of the body.
But this is rarely observed in the current outbreak, where patients instead see rashes appear on the genitals before suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Concomitant infections have also been reported along with diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Health authorities also revealed that they had distributed more than 1,400 vaccines against the virus to states from their warehouse in more than a million doses. An additional 300,000 doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
But some experts have expressed concern that the country may not have enough shocks, because if the outbreak becomes more widespread, there may not be enough to hit the entire country.
America recorded eight cases of the virus between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning as the extent of the outbreak across the country continues to grow.
About three out of four cases are currently linked to international travel, including to Europe, while others are linked to someone who has had close contact with a known case.
However, there are ‘several’ patients across several states who have tested positive despite the fact that they have not recently traveled or had contact with a known case.
Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, who heads the CDC’s response to the outbreak, said it was likely that they got the infection from someone who had recently traveled, but that this first case had not yet been discovered.
She added: ‘I can tell you that right now we do not have an area that appears to have an urban outbreak. There is not one area where there seems to be a lot of community transfer.
‘But this may change. We need to make sure our test is increasing and ready to catch it when it happens. ‘
America has only done 300 tests for orthopedic virus – the family that includes monkey pox – since the outbreak began, despite the fact that there are more than 69 laboratories available to perform thousands of inoculations a day.
Officials urge gay and bisexual men to be aware of new lesions, rashes or crusts and get in touch with a sexual health clinic
The infection often starts with small buds that scurry over and are contagious
Health authorities are urging states to send more samples to laboratories, but states complain that the process is ‘too complicated’ because after going to these laboratories, the inoculation must go to the CDC for confirmation.
New York reported two new monkey poop cases yesterday, while Illinois and Florida reported one, and Rhode Island revealed its first infection, which they said may be ‘associated with travel to Massachusetts’.
Hawaii also reported its third case in a week in a person who had not recently traveled, prompting officials to warn that the tropical disease may be spreading undetected in the archipelago.
Dr. Elizabeth Char, state health director, said at a conference yesterday: ‘[The most recent case] does not have a travel history. The reason it’s significant is that it tells us that monkey pox is probably in our community. ‘
It happened after the CDC withdrew after advice urging travelers to wear face masks to protect themselves from monkey poop because it ‘created confusion’.
Late Monday, the agency deleted this guide from its website, and a spokeswoman told DailyMail.com that it was removed because they were concerned it had ‘created confusion’.
They stressed that the cover-up advice was “specific to people traveling” rather than the general public, adding that any future updates would be accompanied by a public announcement.
The CDC had quietly added advice to wear covers for their level 2 travel alert – and called for “improved precautions” abroad – six days ago. It was first picked up by Fox News late Monday along with other stores, including CNBC and this website.
An expert said it was ‘unfortunate’ that the CDC had put forward and removed the council because it had to further damage public confidence in the agency.