Is Monkeypox Outbreak Cooling? Health Officials Says Virus Transmission Has Slowed
According to the World Health Organization, health officials are witnessing early signs that the new monkeypox case growth may be waning in Europe and the U.S.
Public-health experts said they remain cautious about whether the outbreak has peaked as efforts continue to stretch limited vaccine supplies and protect vulnerable individuals.
“If anything, we need to continue to strongly communicate and educate the public about this pathogen,” said Rodney Rohde, a public-health expert at Texas State University.
Related: Bavarian Nordic Making All Efforts To Stretch Capacity To Boost Monkeypox Vaccine Supplies.
According to CDC statistics, at least 46,337 monkeypox cases have been reported in about 90 countries. While Europe was hit hard early on, the U.S. now has roughly one-third of the known cases. The CDC said about 17,000 cases had been reported in the U.S.
The World Health Organization said monkeypox cases globally declined 21% last week, after a month-long trend of rising infections.
Some U.S. experts believe cases are starting to decline mainly based on immunity from prior infection and behavior changes as awareness of the disease has grown.
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