Authorities announce 37 new cases of monkeypox as numbers drop


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This follows a change in the vaccination procedure which should create a higher level of immunity.

There are currently 14 health care providers offering the monkeypox vaccination statewide. Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced 37 new cases of monkeypox on Thursday. This is the second week in a row that new cases have declined.

There have been 280 confirmed cases in Massachusetts since the state’s first case was announced on May 18. The DPH announces new cases on Thursday.

As of August 24, 15,546 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine have been administered in Massachusetts, the DPH said.

Last week, the DPH issued a notice to Massachusetts JYNNEOS vaccine suppliers to begin administering a lower dose of the vaccine into the skin, as opposed to muscle. This will allow for a higher vaccination rate, and Boston health officials have urged citizens to take advantage of the new approach.

There are currently 14 health care providers offering the vaccination statewide, located in Boston, Cambridge, Framingham, Lawrence, New Bedford, Provincetown, Randolph, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester.

The JYNNEOS vaccine in Massachusetts is still in short supply, DPH said, but the vaccination is readily available to Massachusetts residents who meet CDC eligibility criteria. Men who have sex with men continue to constitute a “significant proportion” of the cases recorded, according to the department.

The department noted that 16,603 cases of monkeypox virus have been reported nationwide this year. Symptoms may include fever, headache, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and rash. Patients typically recover fully within 2 to 4 weeks, the department said.

According to health officials, monkeypox can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with broken skin, sharing unwashed sheets or clothing with someone who tests positive, and respiratory droplets through face-to-face interactions. face to face.

For those who think they may have the virus, the CDC advises wearing a mask, covering any rashes or lesions around other people, and contacting a healthcare provider. For more information about monkeypox and its spread, visit www.mass.gov/monkeypox and www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.



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