The Associated Press and the American political media The Hill reported on the 22nd (local time) that the US decided to expand the diagnostic test as concerns about the ‘undercount’ of monkey pox, where the number of infections are increasing, were raised.
According to the report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services started sending samples from suspected monkey pox infections to five private facilities, including Labcorp, a non-clinical testing agency, and Mayo Clinic Labs, starting this week.
Inspection is expected to begin in earnest from next month.
Health and Welfare Minister Javier Bessera said, “The American people should be vigilant against monkeypox infection.”
Previously, the United States had only tested for monkey pox infection, mainly in public health facilities.
The scale is about 8,000 every week, and the number of tests is too small, raising the possibility that the number of official confirmed cases may be reduced.
Dr. Jennifer Noujo (Brown University) and Dr. Jay Barma (Cornell University) recently told the Washington Post, “It seems that the government is slowing down again,” the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) was not tested enough in the early stages, which caused the spread of the virus to increase. He also warned that mistakes could be repeated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on the 21st that there were 142 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the United States.
Worldwide, more than 3,000 confirmed cases have been reported in 52 countries.