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Concerns are raised about national stockpile of drugs to fight monkeypox

As the rare monkeypox virus continues to spread across the US, now discovered 40 times in 15 states and the District of Columbia, some are concerned about the national supply of drugs to tackle the infection.

While White House officials say the country has enough access to vaccines and drugs to cope with the upcoming wave, no official numbers have been released, making it difficult for Americans to estimate how easy it will be to access. to get resources if a large-scale outbreak occurs.

The United States has registered 40 suspected cases of the virus so far, but experts warn that the true number is about nine times higher due to lack of monitoring and testing. Some also fear the virus will become endemic in the US and parts of Europe, as well as parts of Central and West Africa.

No deaths have yet been recorded as part of the current global monkeypox outbreak with 1,200 cases in 29 countries where the virus is not endemic.

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The White House has failed to be transparent about how many vaccine doses the nation has available to fight monkeypox.

Bavarian Nordic’s jab, Jynneos, is considered the best option available to fight the virus. The injection must be given to someone after exposure to prevent infection.

America already has 300 cases of monkey pox – almost 10 times official, says expert

America may already have 300 cases of monkeypox — more than nine times the official number of 31 — but has missed hundreds due to a lack of testing, an expert warned Monday.

dr. Boghuma Titanji, an infectious disease expert at Emory University in Georgia, claimed that the US probably already has the same number of infections as the UK – which is currently the world’s hot spot for monkeypox.

But she said the painstaking process of checking Pap smears — which must be sent to one of 74 local labs and then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation — resulted in too little being done and more many were missed.

Other experts say infections may go undetected because cases can be mild and resolve on their own, preventing patients from emerging or being misdiagnosed as a sexually transmitted disease like syphilis.

Titanji told STAT News: “The US probably has as many cases as Canada or the UK.

“We’re just not testing enough to say for sure that there are only 25 cases. I think we need to test a lot more than we do now.’

It is the only injection approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fight monkey pox. It was originally formulated to fight smallpox – a now eradicated disease that comes from the same family of viruses as monkeypox.

Last week, at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) briefing, officials declined to disclose how many shots of the vaccine were available. STAT News reports that the federal government has or plans to receive a combined 72,000 doses.

Jynneos is a two-dose vaccine, making the allotment enough to immunize 36,000 Americans.

STAT reports that the Norwegian gun maker already has a million doses on deck for the US, and could provide an additional 16 million shots.

This may not be nearly enough, because together that would only be enough for 8.5 million of more than 330 million Americans.

Last time, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC’s leading vaccine experts, made recommendations to prioritize lab workers investigating orthopox viruses, people working in lab testing environments, and health care personnel treating infected patients before the shots.

There is also another available jab, ACAM2000.

ACAM2000 is an older vaccine designed to prevent smallpox – much like JYNNEOS – and is only effective after exposure to the virus. The US is reportedly stocked with more than 100 million doses of the shots, a figure that the CDC also says may have changed.

It also has a higher reported risk of side effects associated with it, a concern for all smallpox vaccines.

After infection, there are no specific antivirals tailored for monkeypox, but instead doctors work with drugs designed for smallpox.

However, the federal government has also declined to disclose how much of its stockpile of smallpox drugs is.

While Americans may not see this as urgent just yet, with just over one in a million residents with a recorded infection to date, an expert warns that the virus is spreading faster than surveillance has tracked.

dr. Boghuma Titanji, an infectious disease expert at Emory University in Georgia, told STAT that the US probably already has the same number of infections as the UK — which is currently the world’s hot spot for monkeypox.

But she said the painstaking process of checking smears — which must be sent to one of 74 local labs and then the CDC for confirmation — resulted in too few being done and many being missed.

Other experts say infections may go undetected because cases can be mild and resolve on their own, preventing patients from emerging or being misdiagnosed as a sexually transmitted disease like syphilis.

On Thursday, five new cases were added to America’s ledger. All in states or cities that had already registered a previous case.

For privacy reasons, the identities of infected people have been kept secret, although an early patient has been identified in the UK.

Yesterday, MailOnline revealed the first patient in the current monkeypox outbreak to emerge — named only as James M.

Like many of the other early monkeypox patients, James is gay. Health officials around the world have warned that the virus is spreading through sexual networks, and sex ravings in Belgium and Spain last month have been linked to the virus spreading across Europe.

James M (pictured), 35, is the first British monkeypox patient to come out into the open

James M (pictured), 35, is the first British monkeypox patient to come out into the open

The London-based HR manager said he tested positive for the virus after being deported from Dubai for testing positive for HIV.

He criticized British health chiefs for “a genuine lack of any basic process or concern to stop the spread” of the tropical virus, which has so far infected more than 300 Britons, mostly gay and bisexual men.

James – who wished to keep his surname anonymous – admitted to not following the self-isolation rules because ‘I was told to stay home until UKHSA contacted me…and they never did.’

He accused the UK of a lax approach to contact tracing, saying it was “no wonder” Britain had more cases than any other country outside Africa. There is also a lack of awareness about monkeypox’s lesser-known symptoms, he claimed.

James was adjusting to life in West London when he started experiencing ‘really weird aches’ in his lower back, exhaustion, extreme thirst and pain when going to the toilet.

He became convinced he had a sexually transmitted infection (STD) after sleeping with about 10 new partners in the weeks before his symptoms started.

“I’m a gay man, and I had just returned to the UK and had a good time,” he told MailOnline.

But doctors mistakenly assumed it wasn’t monkey pox because he didn’t have the tell-tale rash of the virus.

James had just returned from Dubai, where being gay is illegal, after four years following a ‘shock’ HIV diagnosis in February. It saw him lose his job and home.

After contacting his local STI clinic in west London, James was sent to a specialist center in Soho on May 25 for tests and told to avoid public transport or close contact with others.

He admitted not following self-isolation rules because 'I was told to stay home until UKHSA contacted me...and they never did'

James was adjusting to life in West London when he started experiencing 'really weird aches' in his lower back, exhaustion, extreme thirst and pain when going to the toilet

He admitted not following self-isolation rules because ‘I was told to stay home until UKHSA contacted me…and they never did’

It comes after the CDC yesterday reversed its advice for Americans to wear face masks during visits to countries reporting cases of monkeypox.

Late yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed this guideline from their website — just 13 hours after it was reported by the media.

An agency spokeswoman told DailyMail.com today that it has been removed over concerns it is “causing confusion.”

They stressed that the advice to wear coverings was “specific to people who travel” rather than the general public, adding that future updates would be accompanied by a public announcement.

The CDC had quietly added advice six days ago to wear coverings to its Level 2 travel warning — encouraging “enhanced precautions” abroad. It wasn’t picked up by Fox News until late Monday, along with other outlets, including CNBC and this website.

An expert today said it was “unfortunate” that the CDC drafted and removed the advice, as it would further damage public confidence in the agency.

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