The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed nine cases of monkeypox in seven U.S. states on May 26.
During a press event, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky verified the number of infections.
"Local physicians suspected these instances. They were discovered by local laboratories, which prompted local public health measures to assist in treating and managing any potential encounters, Walensky told reporters.
She stated that cases had been discovered in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 suspected or confirmed cases of the virus have been detected in more than a dozen countries.
Meanwhile, Walensky reported that cases of monkeypox had been identified in homosexual males, contradicting prior statements by WHO and other agencies that sexual transmission appeared to be linked to the outbreak. According to them, two events in Europe were responsible for the virus's spread.
During the briefing, Raj Panjabi, the White House's senior director of global health security, stated that a worldwide outbreak of monkeypox of this magnitude and breadth had never occurred before.
Last week, the first case of monkeypox in the United States was recorded in Massachusetts. The disease, prevalent in West and Central Africa, was initially identified in the 1970s in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In the meantime, Spanish health officials confirmed 25 new cases of monkeypox on May 26, increasing the total number of infections in one of the latest outbreak's primary epicenters to 84. Spain, England, and Portugal have the highest number of cases in the recent outbreak.
In addition to 73 verified cases, the Spanish Ministry of Health now considers all non-human-origin pox infections monkeypox after a positive test when only confirmed cases were counted.
Minister of Health Carolina Darias announced on May 25 that Spain would purchase monkeypox vaccines as part of European Union cooperative vaccine purchases and confirmed that the West African strain, which has a fatality rate of approximately 1%, was the variant found.
Fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness, and chills are all symptoms of monkeypox. Lesions may occur one to five days following the onset of fever symptoms.
According to U.S. experts, smallpox immunizations effectively limit the spread of monkeypox.