The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed the two cases of monkeypox among children from the U.S., and said that they could be traced back at people who were part of the “gaymen’s community .”
“Both of those children are traced back to individuals who come from the men-who-have-sex-with-men community, the gay men’s community,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a Washington Post-hosted event on Friday.
Walensky suggested that household transmission may cause infections. Although she did not provide any details, she stated that both cases were unrelated. They occurred in California, Washington, D.C .
” Although both of the children are suffering from monkeypox, they appear to be in good health.” Walensky stated. Children whose ages weren’t provided by the CDC are being treated with antiviral drugs for the disease. CNN was told by officials that the one instance involves a California toddler and another is an infant from outside of the United States. resident.
Public health officials are looking into how these two children became infected. Walensky stated.
” The social networks we use as human beings mean we are in constant contact with many people.” Dr. Jennifer McQuiston was the deputy director of CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology. While this particular outbreak may be spreading to a social network, we have communicated since the beginning that it could also occur in other networks. We need to be alert for these cases and be ready to message .
McQuiston elaborated by saying that Europeans have reported cases of HIV in children and women. I believe the same is happening in America .”
Saturday’s decision by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, that monkeypox was a worldwide emergency was unprecedented. He did so despite the lack of consensus from experts on U.N. emergency committee. It is the first such unilateral U.N. agency decision made without expert advice.
” We have an epidemic that is rapidly spreading around the globe through new transmission modes, which are not well understood by us,” Tedros stated. I know that this was not an easy process and there are many opinions
On the issue of the epidemic, Tedros concentrated his efforts on gay men.
“While I declare a public emergency of international concern at the moment, this outbreak is “concentrated among homosexuals” and “especially those who have multiple sexual partners,” said he.
Dr. Michael Ryan (WHO’s emergency chief), said that monkeypox was now a worldwide emergency. This is to make sure the world considers the outbreaks serious.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jack Phillips, a reporter for breaking news at The Epoch Times with a New York office is