According to a statement released on Friday by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been two confirmed cases of monkeypox in children in the United States.
According to the CDC, the two instances are unconnected and most likely the consequence of transmission inside the same family.
One of the cases involves a child of that age who lives in the state of California. The other is a baby who is neither a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Officials in charge of public health are conducting an investigation into how the youngsters were ill.
Both children have symptoms, but their overall health is good, and they are responding well to treatment with an antiviral medication called tecovirimat or TPOXX. This medication is one that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests for children under the age of 8 who are regarded to be at a higher risk of infection.
Since the epidemic of monkeypox started in May, the majority of the infections have been found in males who engage in sexual activity with other males. However, the only way to get the virus is to have direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine will soon be accessible to children as part of special extended use regulations. In addition, the organization has published new recommendations for health care practitioners about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of monkeypox in children and adolescents.
As of Friday afternoon, the federal government of the United States has sent 300,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine to the various states and territories that make up the United States.
The freshly made dosages enhance the total supply, but they only cover a very tiny percentage of the population that is qualified to get them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that there are more than 1.5 million individuals who might benefit from receiving the monkeypox vaccination.