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Monkeypox elimination unlikely in US: Officials

Updated on: 02 October,2022 06:54 PM IST  |  New York
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The disease’s spread is slowing but the virus is so widespread that elimination is unlikely, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said

Monkeypox elimination unlikely in US: Officials

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Some US health officials are conceding that monkeypox is probably not going away anytime soon. The disease’s spread is slowing but the virus is so widespread that elimination is unlikely, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.


That conclusion was in a recent CDC report, and echoed by Marc Lipsitch, director of science in the agency's disease-forecasting centre. Lipsitch hesitated to say monkeypox is permanently here to stay, but he said it stands to be a continuing threat for the next few years.



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“It’s in many geographic locations within the country” as well as in other countries, Lipsitch told the media. “There's no clear path in our mind to complete elimination domestically.” The virus has mainly spread among gay and bisexual men, though health officials continue to stress that anyone can be infected. “It's important that people at risk take steps to prevent spread and that vaccination efforts continue,” Lipsitch said.

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