What it means for Massachusetts

What it means for Massachusetts

With more than 7,100 cases of monkeypox in at least 48 states, the Biden administration has declared the virus a public health emergency. But what could this statement mean for Massachusetts? On Thursday, Massachusetts reported 42 new cases — for a total of 157. “We expect testing cases to continue to increase as we’ve had more access to people testing, access to more testing before they go back down again,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. In Massachusetts, 11 locations provide the vaccine, but they are by appointment only. “If we can get this vaccine into a high-risk population, I think we can probably gain some ground in this battle because we’re not. We’re right behind,” said Dr. Mireya Wessolossky of UMass Memorial Health. A vaccine website told WCVB they had vaccine appointments booked through September. The move frees up additional resources for vaccines, treatments and monitoring. New York – the epicenter of the virus – has opened 23,000 more vaccine appointments, but it’s only for the first of two shots needed for full protection.” With cases roughly doubling every week, it’s important the government prepares a system health care to meet vaccine and testing requirements so Americans stay safe,” said New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Health officials said there are more than a million doses of vaccine in circulation in the states, but right now, that it’s not enough to cover everyone who’s eligible. The CDC estimates that up to 1.7 million people are at high risk.”Everyone’s like, how can we make an appointment? And I was able to shut it down right when it came,” said Jack Dillon. The FDA said it is looking into whether you can get five doses from a single vial of vaccine without sacrificing safety or effectiveness. Almost all of the cases were among men who had sex with men. But doctors stress that anyone can catch the virus. Five children in the United States have been infected. Monkey pox is rarely fatal and symptoms usually go away on their own. “I have seen some patients recover from their illness within two weeks, but others, unfortunately, don’t recover until maybe three, four or even five weeks later,” said Dr. Darien Sutton.

With more than 7,100 cases of monkeypox in at least 48 states, the Biden administration has declared the virus a public health emergency.

But what might this statement mean for Massachusetts? On Thursday, Massachusetts reported 42 new cases — a total of 157.

“We expect testing cases to continue to increase as we had more access to people testing, access to more testing before it dropped again,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky.

In Massachusetts, 11 locations provide the vaccine, but they are by appointment only.

“If we can get this vaccine into a high-risk population, I think we can probably gain some ground in this battle because we’re not. We’re right behind,” said Dr. Mireya Wessolossky of UMass Memorial Health.

A vaccine website told WCVB they had vaccine appointments booked through September.

The move frees up additional resources for vaccines, treatments and monitoring. New York – the epicenter of the virus – has opened 23,000 more vaccine appointments, but it’s only for the first of two shots needed for full protection.

“With cases doubling roughly every week, it’s critical that the government prepares a health care system to meet vaccine and testing demands so Americans stay safe,” said New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Health officials said there are more than a million doses of vaccine in circulation in the states, but right now, that’s not enough to cover everyone who’s eligible. The CDC estimates that up to 1.7 million people are at high risk.

“Everybody’s like, how are we going to get an appointment? And I was able to get it right away when it came,” Jack Dillon said.

The FDA said it is looking into whether it can expand the vaccine supply by pulling five doses from a single vial of vaccine without sacrificing safety or efficacy.

Almost all cases were among men who have sex with men. But doctors stress that anyone can catch the virus. Five children in the United States have been infected.

Monkeypox is rarely fatal and symptoms usually go away on their own.

“I’ve seen some patients recover from their illness within two weeks, but others, unfortunately, don’t recover until maybe three, four or even five weeks later,” said Dr. Darien Sutton.

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