Two children in the United States have been diagnosed with monkeypox, which has infected almost 3,000 people. The two youngsters — an infant and a toddler — were on opposite sides of the country when they were diagnosed.
The director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, announced this week that two young children had been infected with monkeypox. She stated that the two incidents are unconnected and occurred in California and Washington, D.C.
According to Dr. Walensky, the illness might be spread by family members. The two instances were a toddler in California and an infant in Washington, D.C., she said. The baby is traveling with a family that isn’t a resident of the U. S..
The two cases, according to the Post interview, are connected to “households from within the gay male community.” To learn more about those connections, investigations are ongoing.
Both of these children are linked to gay men’s communities, according to Walensky.
“While both youngsters have monkeypox symptoms, they are in excellent condition,” Director Walensky affirmed. She went on to say that the youngsters were being given antiviral medication for the illness.
Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, the CDC’s division of high-consequence pathogens and pathologies deputy director, told Reuters that she isn’t shocked by the appearance of pediatric monkeypox cases. However, 99 percent of all 2,891 monkeypox infections in the United States have occurred in men who have sex with men. She went on to say that women and transgender men have been afflicted in a few instances.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency for monkeypox on Saturday, according to a report from Breitbart News. According to Reuters, the United States is still considering where to declare a public health emergency.