Atypical Presentation of Monkeypox Creates Confusion in Primary Care
If you haven’t seen a case of monkeypox yet, this is likely to change. In a press briefing on July 13, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced that there had been a surge in monkeypox cases and that specialists are predicting an even greater increase. On Saturday, July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the disease a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Nearly 14% of all monkeypox cases recorded worldwide are concentrated in the Americas, mainly in the United States and Canada. However, the increase in cases observed in Brazil in recent weeks was also highlighted in the speech made by PAHO Director Carissa Etienne, MD, MPH.
@vishal Specialists give two reasons for the increase in cases. The first is increased epidemiologic surveillance and subsequent reporting of cases through the expanded network of diagnostic laboratories equipped to detect the disease. The second is mass gatherings at large LGBTQIA+ Pride Month events held throughout June.