CDC Investigating Monkeypox in Florida

Cases appear isolated to a certain demographic.

A “presumptive” case of monkeypox in Broward County, Florida, has spurred an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH). The Broward County DOH said the case is likely connected to international travel, and the involved traveler is currently isolated. 

DOH-Broward is conducting epidemiological investigations to verify possible exposure and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis,” they stated, adding they had not identified any additional cases. 

The first American case of monkeypox in 2022 was confirmed last week in Massachusetts, with a patient of interest in New York City reported shortly thereafter. Two probable cases have also been identified in Salt Lake County, Utah. 

When asked about the investigation, President Biden said, “They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet but it is something that everybody should be concerned about.” 

The disease appears to be coming from West Africa. Nigeria has reports of about 3,000 monkeypox cases a year. Britain, Spain, and Portugal have reported cases of the monkeypox, noting that the most recent cases have been in young men who have no history of travel to Africa and who were gay, bisexual, or had sex with men. 

Controlling a monkeypox outbreak in the U.S. could involve using the smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can also be used. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That Director Walensky would seek God’s direction as she heads the CDC.
  • For wisdom for U.S. health officials as they evaluate the situation regarding monkeypox.
  • For the president and his advisors as they assess public health precautions.

Sources: Newsmax, NBC News, Fox News


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