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Chicago to put ‘special emphasis’ on warning Pride attendees over monkeypox cases

Chicago will place a “special emphasis” this weekend on warning Pride visitors of the risks of catching monkeypox, while San Francisco’s parade is punctuated by regular announcements about the disease amid fears that the events could spur a proliferation of monkey pox. can cause cases.

The Windy City’s Department of Health told DailyMail.com that they would post guidelines on social media and print flyers to be distributed at events.

In San Francisco, California, where a parade will also take place this Sunday, announcements will be made about “best practice” in crowds.

America is gearing up to celebrate Pride in major cities this weekend — with more than two million people expected in New York alone.

But it comes amid a growing outbreak of the rash-causing virus with 156 cases discovered so far, many among gay and bisexual men, but no deaths. Several cases have not been linked to international travel or other known infections, suggesting it’s already spreading undetected.

While several cities are warning of Pride events, the New York national hot spot with 28 cases has yet to announce plans to follow suit.

Last weekend, doctors in Florida warned Pride visitors to avoid “prolonged” skin-to-skin contact with others in clubs and bars to limit their exposure.

The map above shows states that have detected cases of monkey pox, and the count by state.  The red numbers show the change in cases in the last 24 hours

The map above shows states that have detected cases of monkey pox, and the count by state. The red numbers show the change in cases in the last 24 hours

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US steps up monkey pox testing to speed up diagnosis

The Biden administration has begun sending monkey pox tests to commercial labs in an effort to speed up the diagnosis of suspected infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) send swabs to labs including Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare.

It said this would greatly increase the country’s capacity to test for monkeypox.

Previously, testing was largely limited to public health labs, which together have a capacity of about 8,000 tests per week.

“All Americans should be concerned about monkey pox cases,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

“Fortunately, we now have the resources to fight and treat cases in America.

“By drastically expanding the number of test locations across the country, we are making it possible for everyone who needs to be tested.”

A spokesperson for Chicago’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) said: “We will … this weekend share facts about monkeypox and how to stay healthy on our social media channels, with a special emphasis on Pride-related events for the many people who will participate.

“In addition, CDPH prints palm cards with a link to a CDC page with health tips for gay and bisexual men and a scannable smartphone code that organizers can hand out at events where participants can get additional tips for staying healthy.”

They added that the department had already created a template letter for event organizers to hand out how to stay safe from monkeypox.

Chicago expects more than 100,000 people to flock to the Pride parade this Sunday.

San Francisco — expected to host more than 500,000 people for its own parade — also plans to issue warnings about monkey pox.

The Pride organizers told DailyMail.com: “The Department of Health will make public announcements specific to monkeypox with best practices.

†[This will be] when people come together, and together we take every precaution to make sure we can all have a safe and fun time at this year’s Pride celebrations.”

But health officials in New York City — which could host as many as two million people this weekend — have yet to announce plans to warn people about monkey pox.

When contacted, the city’s Department of Health directed DailyMail.com to a guidance page on its website.

This told people who felt unwell to avoid ‘clubs, parties or gatherings’, and not to have sex or close physical contact when they or their partner are sick.

Monkeypox – native to West Africa – has now been detected more than 3,000 times in 40 countries where it is not normally found.

No deaths have been recorded, but health officials warn it could spread to more vulnerable populations if the outbreak is not contained.

The doctors warned people to avoid skin-to-skin contact, which is lengthy at a briefing yesterday.  Pictured above, left to right, is Dr. Margaret Gorensek, an infectious disease expert at Holy Cross Medical Group, Dr. Zachary Henry, a sexual health expert at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Dr. Frank Vittimberga, Florida Medical Center's chief medical officer

The doctors warned people to avoid skin-to-skin contact, which is lengthy at a briefing yesterday. Pictured above, left to right, is Dr. Margaret Gorensek, an infectious disease expert at Holy Cross Medical Group, Dr. Zachary Henry, a sexual health expert at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Dr. Frank Vittimberga, Florida Medical Center’s chief medical officer

The tropical disease is mainly spread through physical contact with contagious skin rashes, but in rare cases can also be transmitted through ‘persistent’ face-to-face contact.

Many patients have a rash on their genital area and anus as the first warning sign before the disease spreads to the rest of the body.

It can take up to four weeks to get better from the disease, with most cases being mild and going away on their own.

A person remains contagious until the rash is scratched away and eventually fell off.

Last week, doctors in Florida said Pride visitors should avoid “prolonged” skin-to-skin contact in clubs and bars so as not to contract monkey pox.

At a briefing ahead of the celebrations in Fort Lauderdale, Dr Zachary Henry – who saw a case of monkey pox in his clinic – also warned people to stay away from others with unusual skin rashes.

The sexual health expert at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation added that wearing face masks was not necessary because the tropical disease took “hours” to spread through the air between people.

Henry, who appeared with Dr. Margaret Gorensek, spoke last Saturday ahead of a Pride march in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which could draw more than 100,000 spectators.

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