CDC confirms first US cases of monkeypox in children

The United States has confirmed the first two cases of monkeypox in children, Centers for Disease Control Prevention and Control (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky said Friday.

Why is this important: The CDC has said that children, especially those under age 8, are among those at “particularly increased risk” for serious illness from monkeypox.

What she says: “These two children trace back to individuals who come from the community of men who have sex with men, the community of gay men,” Walensky said during a virtual event with The Washington Post on Friday.

  • Both children are “doing well,” she added.

The big picture: Men who have sex with men remain the most vulnerable to monkeypox, but in some countries that experienced outbreaks before 2022, young children died at higher rates from the disease, according to the World Health Organization. health (WHO).

  • Epidemiologists have warned that the risk is not limited to one community and that “someone who is not gay can get it just as easily as a gay person”.
  • As of Thursday, the CDC had tallied a total of 2,593 monkeypox cases in the United States.
  • WHO officials have also sounded the alarm that the outbreak “poses a real risk” to public health.

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