State well being officers reported 17 new monkeypox instances on Thursday, a plateau from final week as greater than 16,000 individuals in Massachusetts have been vaccinated in opposition to the virus.
The rely of 17 new monkeypox instances within the Bay State was similar to the an infection rely throughout the earlier week, in response to the Massachusetts Division of Public Well being.
It brings the overall variety of monkeypox instances within the state to 381 for the reason that state’s first case was introduced in mid-Might. That first case was additionally the nation’s first confirmed an infection.
Earlier this week, Boston Public Colleges reported the primary confirmed monkeypox case within the district. An grownup member of the BPS group was recognized with the virus, the district introduced.
Of the 381 monkeypox instances reported throughout the state, 99% have been male.
The JYNNEOS vaccine is now being administered intradermally into the pores and skin at a decrease dose that also supplies the identical immune response.
Because the begin of June, 23,695 JYNNEOS vaccine doses have been administered to 16,234 individuals in Massachusetts. Of the individuals who’ve been vaccinated, 92% have been male.
Fourteen well being care suppliers have been providing vaccinations throughout the state, and the Bay State has activated cellular suppliers to help in vaccine administration.
“Attributable to extraordinarily restricted nationwide availability of vaccine, the JYNNEOS vaccine in Massachusetts nonetheless stays restricted presently,” DPH mentioned in a earlier assertion. “Vaccination is on the market to people who meet the CDC’s eligibility standards and who reside or work in Massachusetts. Vaccine is prioritized for people at biggest threat of publicity to somebody with monkeypox.”
Monkeypox spreads primarily by shut contact with infectious sores, scabs or physique fluids. It will also be unfold by touching objects which have been utilized by somebody with monkeypox and respiratory secretions throughout extended, face-to-face contact.
Monkeypox can unfold throughout intimate contact like intercourse, kissing or touching components of the physique with sores, however the threat of monkeypox just isn’t restricted to people who find themselves sexually lively.