Monkey pox: Doctor fears outbreak could be endemic in wild animals and almost impossible to control

Smallpox could become endemic in wild animals in the United States, a doctor has warned, as cases continue to rise in the country.

The US has recorded more than 300 cases of chicken pox each day since July 27, with a one-day drop of 281 cases on August 3, according to Our World in Data.

This is a huge increase in disease cases compared to just days back on July 14 when only 77 cases were reported.

On Wednesday, the data showed another surge of 537 cases reported in the country, and the California department of public health indicated that the state has a total of almost 1,800 cases of the disease.

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at UC San Francisco, told the Los Angeles Times that this exponential increase in the spread of the monkey could make it almost impossible to control and that it would become endemic among the wild animal population as a result.

“When you look at the rates of increase, you see it’s approaching an exponential curve. And unfortunately, the higher these numbers get, the harder and harder it will be to control,” said Dr. Chin-Hong.

“Hopefully we can contain this. But if not, it could bleed into other populations.”

He added that although the disease is not claiming many lives, infections are “causing a lot of suffering”.

Infections can cause excruciating pain and cause patients to have difficulty sleeping, walking, eating, drinking or going to the bathroom.

Last week, the federal government declared the disease a national emergency.

In July, the World Health Organization classified the outbreak as an international emergency.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99 percent of chicken pox cases in the country have been found in men.

Of those, 94 percent reported sexual contact with other men in the three weeks before developing symptoms, the Associated Press reported.

Doctors have advised patients to try an early test to identify the disease in time to prevent further spread.

“The rash can look very innocent when it starts, like a pimple or a gray hair. That’s actually why it’s very difficult for clinicians to diagnose,” said Dr. Chin-Hong.

“If you can diagnose people, you can keep them away from people [who] not infected.”

The Biden administration has also been criticized for not acting quickly enough to get vaccines for the disease.

On Tuesday, the federal government announced a new strategy to extend its vaccinations by allowing health professionals to vaccinate up to five people with each vial instead of one.

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