According to press reports, there has been an increase in monkeypox infections among youngsters in the United States. More than 11 states and jurisdictions have recorded pediatric cases, according to ABC News. According to officials speaking to the news agency, at least 31 youngsters have tested positive for monkeypox.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state has nine pediatric cases. The virus has also infected three children under the age of four, according to the Florida Department of Health. These kids are from Brevard, Martin, and Monroe counties.
Monkeypox affecting US most
The United States is now the most affected country, with total monkeypox cases approaching 20,000. Earlier in July, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning based on preliminary findings indicating children under the age of eight can suffer serious sickness if infected with monkeypox.
According to the CDC, there are 18,989 instances of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus across the country. Monkeypox cases have been documented in all 50 states. With 3,310 and 3,629 instances, respectively, New York and California had the largest number of recorded cases.
Despite the fact that the vaccine programme intended to serve all populations, the centres were largely located in affluent districts, and vaccination rates were likewise high in wealthy, white neighbourhoods.
Hispanic Americans are another group that has experienced vaccination disparity. Hispanic Americans account for 32% of the cases, but the majority were unable to vaccinate themselves because the CDC was unable to reach the most susceptible in time.
Chicago, Washington, and New York City, among other large cities, neglected to reach out to vulnerable communities.