Monkeypox cases near 1,100 citywide as state expands testing

NEW YORK — There are 1,092 presumed cases of monkeypox in the city as of Tuesday, and there are “likely more” undiagnosed, according to the city’s health department.

The new case numbers come a day after Hochul announced that the department had approved Quest Diagnostics to implement testing to identify monkeypox in the state.

Hochul says the new test will use PCR technology to test samples from individuals with “vesicular rashes or blisters,” using a swab sample collected by health care providers.

She says PCR testing will help expand testing capacity in the state by giving health professionals another lab option to process samples and detect the virus.

“today [Monday] The announcement builds on ongoing monkeypox response efforts to expand testing capacity, secure more vaccines, and make resources as widely available as possible. “We will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers, including our most vulnerable communities,” Hochhol said in a statement.

The city received nearly 26,000 monkeypox vaccine doses from the federal government last week, and opened as many as 17,000 monkeypox vaccine slots on Friday.

Three mass vaccination sites — one at Science Skills Center High School in Brooklyn, one at IS 125 in Queens and one at Bronx High School of Science — began giving 10,600 of the 17,000 doses last Sunday and will continue on July 30 and July 31, the health department said. .

Vaccines have also been given at the city’s sexual health clinics in Chelsea, East Harlem and Corona, NYC Health +/Gotham Health – Vanderbilt Hospitals in Staten Island, and at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, according to the department.

The expansion of testing and vaccination sites has been criticized by some New Yorkers, elected officials and advocates as a slow process.

On Saturday, the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”.

Health officials said most cases in the United States are currently among men who have sex with men, and they say they are the individuals most at risk, but added that anyone is at risk if they come into contact with someone with monkeypox.

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