Health · August 3, 2022

Fifth child in the US tests positive for monkeypox

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At least five children have tested positive for monkeypox in the United States since July.

Four of the children confirmed to have the disease are US citizens, two in California and two in Indiana. The latest case was an infant who was tested while traveling through Washington, DC but is not a US citizen, according to ABC 7.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that young children could be at increased risk of more severe cases of monkeypox should they become infected. The organization set the cut-off age for severe risk at 8 years, although it said pediatric data was “limited”.

California declared a state of emergency over monkeypox on Tuesday, making it the third in the past week. Illinois and New York have also taken the step.

NEW YORK CITY, ILLINOIS DECLARE A MONKEYPOX STATE OF EMERGENCY

A man waits for his Jynneos vaccine dose as the city begins its first monkeypox vaccination campaign on June 28, 2022 in Washington, United States.

A man waits for his Jynneos vaccine dose as the city begins its first monkeypox vaccination campaign on June 28, 2022 in Washington, United States.
(REUTERS / Gavino Garay)

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The U.S. has seen around 3,000 cases nationwide so far, and President Joe Biden assembled a White House monkeypox response team on Tuesday.

Robert Fenton, a regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will serve as the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator, and dr Demetre Daskalakis as Deputy Coordinator.

“Fenton and Deaskalakis will lead the government’s strategy and operations to address the current monkeypox outbreak, including the just increase in the availability of tests, Vaccinations and treatments,” the White House announced in a statement.

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The monkeypox virus is spread through close skin contact with an infected person. The disease is most common in men who have sex with other men, but health officials say there is also a risk of transmission from sharing towels, sheets, or similar items.