Study suggests dozens of US cities are at risk for mpox outbreaks this summer
May 25, 2023 at 23:38
According to a recent study, numerous cities across the United States face the risk of mpox outbreaks during the upcoming summer season.
Health officials are actively engaged in preventive measures to avoid a repeat of last summer's unexpected surge in infections.
Health officials and event organizers say there are many reasons to be optimistic that history will not repeat this year.
The mpox health emergency has ended, but U.S. health officials are aiming to prevent a repeat of last year’s outbreaks.
Mpox infections exploded early in the summer of 2022 in the wake of Pride gatherings.
With Pride events planned across the country in the coming weeks, health officials and event organizers say they are optimistic that this year infections will be fewer and less severe.
A bigger supply of vaccine, more people with immunity and readier access to a drug to treat mpox are among the reasons.
The study concluded that 10 of the counties had a 50% chance or higher of mpox outbreaks this year.
Another 25 counties have low or medium immunity levels that put then at a higher risk for outbreaks.
On Thursday, U.K. officials said an uptick in mpox cases in London in the last month showed that the virus was not going away.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChicago health officials are taking steps to prevent further spread at an "International Mr. Leather" gathering this weekend.
Chicago health officials put together social media messages, including one depicting three candles and a leather paddle that reads: "Before you play with leather or wax get yourself the mpox vax."