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according to US authorities, the symptoms may be difficult to identify

The director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has called on the public and health professionals to be vigilant.

Monkeypox cases currently detected do not necessarily have the usual symptoms, which can lead to a difficult diagnosis, US health officials warned on Friday, stressing that identifying these cases was crucial to curb the spread of the disease.

“We have seen mild cases of monkeypox, sometimes limited to certain parts of the body, which is different from what is usually seen in countries where the disease is endemic,” said Rochelle Walensky, the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“There is concern that some cases will not be detected,” she said, urging the public and health professionals to be vigilant.

Eruptions are often limited to certain areas

Current cases do not always show the flu symptoms (fever …) that usually precede the appearance of rashes characteristic of this disease. Moreover, while these eruptions usually appear all over the bodythey are in many cases currently limited to certain areas.

“It’s important to know that cases of monkeypox can look like some sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes,” and therefore could be misdiagnosed, “Rochelle Walensky said.

The United States now has 45 cases, she said, twice as many as last week. No deaths were reported. As of June 9, about 1,300 cases had been reported worldwide, she said. Transmission requires close and prolonged contact between two people.

In particular, the United States is relying on vaccination of contact cases to stem the epidemic.

The country has 100 million doses of ACAM2000, but is getting doses of another more modern vaccine, Jynneos.

At the end of May, the United States had only 1,000 doses of this second remedy, up from 72,000 today, Dawn O’Connell of the U.S. Department of Health said Friday. And an additional 300,000 doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks, she added.

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