CDC Panel Recommends Monkeypox Vaccine for Laboratory Workers, Health Responders, and Healthcare Workers
BREAKING: CDC Panel Recommends Monkeypox Vaccine for Laboratory Workers, Public Health Responders, and Healthcare Workers: Ten Presumptive Cases Detected in US, Most Recent on a Colorado man
- ACIP, the CDC’s main advisory panel on vaccines and immunization, has made its first recommendation for monkeypox vaccines.
- The panel recommends that vaccines be given to laboratory and health care workers who may be exposed to the virus on the job.
- The US has a stockpile of about 1,000 doses of the two-dose shot and 100 million doses of an earlier smallpox vaccine.
- Ten cases of the virus have been detected in the US so far, including nine confirmed, with the most recent occurring Thursday night in Colorado.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its first vaccine guidance related to a recent outbreak of monkeypox cases in the US and Europe, and workers at health and others responded to the surge in cases first in line to receive the vaccines.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC’s top vaccine experts, issued the recommendation Friday, and it will include lab workers who research orthopoxviruses, people who work in laboratory testing settings and health care personnel. treating infected patients.
The JYNNEOS vaccine in question is designed for both smallpox and monkeypox, as many other smallpox drugs are also believed to be effective against the rare virus.
It comes as the United States records its 10th suspected case of the virus, with a man in Colorado having a suspected infection after a recent trip to Canada, state officials announced Thursday night.
Colorado today became the eighth state to report a case of monkeypox, as the count of confirmed and suspected infections rises into double digits.
“Certain laboratory workers and health care personnel may be exposed to orthopoxviruses through occupational activities,” ACIP wrote in its report.
The panel notes that, in the past, orthopoxvirus vaccines, such as JYNNEOS, were regularly distributed to children in the US to combat smallpox.
However, smallpox, a highly devastating and deadly virus, was eradicated in 1980, and since then the use of vaccines has been reduced from mandatory to rare.
However, officials still recommend that some parts of the population continue to receive the vaccines, including people who may be exposed to these viruses at work.
The United States has a stockpile of more than 1,000 doses of the two-dose vaccine for just such a situation.
Domestic hamsters could be euthanized to stop the spread of monkeypox in Europe
Pets could be euthanized to protect them from monkeypox under “last resort” guidelines drawn up by health officials.
Hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs could be ordered euthanized if they cannot be isolated, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has admitted.
Rodents have been identified as carriers of the disease in West and Central Africa.
The ECDC said it is “theoretically possible” that people in Europe could transmit monkeypox to their domestic pets, which could then act as a reservoir and pass it on to humans.
The country also has 100 million doses of ACAM2000, another smallpox vaccine, in its stockpile, though that shot has been replaced by JYNNEOS due to its higher risk of negative side effects.
On Monday, the CDC reported that the country planned to distribute the vaccines to the highest-risk group.
The rollout of the vaccines to high-risk groups is expected to begin soon.
The recommendation comes as the US monkeypox count reaches 10, with nine cases confirmed by the CDC on Thursday.
Colorado recorded the most recent suspected case in a ‘young’ man, gay or bisexual, who had recently traveled to Canada.
On Thursday, the CDC confirmed nine positive cases of the virus, the most recent being a woman in Northern Virginia who recently traveled to an African country where the virus is common.
The vast majority of infections are in gay and bisexual men, and most are believed to be related to international travel.
Authorities have not reported any confirmed cases of person-to-person transmission of the virus in the US.
Experts in Europe, where most cases are being detected, say the outbreak there may have been sparked by unprotected sex at two mass gatherings in Spain and Belgium.
Globally, more than 300 cases have been detected in more than two dozen countries.
The virus is transmitted mainly through contact with infected lesions, making it more difficult to spread than other infectious diseases such as COVID-19.
Monkeypox is a rare virus that is normally only found in West and Central Africa. The current strain that has escaped to Europe and North America is the less deadly West African strain that kills about one percent of those infected.
No deaths from monkeypox have been reported as part of this recent outbreak in the Western world.