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Mpox in USA Quick Facts



Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include updated WHO advice on how the virus should be named.


Here is a look at mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, in the United States. In 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The virus originated in Africa and is a cousin of the smallpox virus.

In November 2022, WHO renamed the monkeypox virus to mpox after working with the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) to rename the virus using a non-stigmatizing, non-offensive social and cultural nomenclature.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Mpox is the smallpox virus. This usually causes pimples or blisters, as well as flu-like symptoms such as fever. The disease is rarely fatal.

Mpox is spread through close contact. This includes direct physical contact with the lesions, as well as “respiratory secretions” shared through face-to-face communication and touching objects that have been contaminated with rashes or fluids. The virus can also pass to the fetus through the placenta.

Anyone can get smallpox, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 99% of smallpox cases in the US during the 2022 outbreak were among men who have sex with men. However, smallpox is not usually considered a sexually transmitted disease.

Smallpox is commonly found in West and Central Africa, but additional cases have been reported in Europe, including the UK and other parts of the world, in recent years. These cases are usually associated with international travel or the importation of poxvirus-infected animals.

CDC Mpox map and number of cases

WHO situation reports

1958- Mpox it discovered when monkeys kept for research caused two outbreaks in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1970- V first human case registered in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

2003- The outbreak in the US is linked to infected domestic prairie dogs imported from Ghana and resulted in more than 80 cases.

July 16, 2021 – The CDC and local health officials in Dallas announce an investigation into a traveler from Nigeria who contracted smallpox. “This individual is a Dallas resident who traveled from Nigeria to Dallas and arrived at Love Field Airport on July 9, 2021. The person has been hospitalized in Dallas and is in a stable condition,” the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. in a statement.

May 17, 2022 – First confirmed A case of MPO was reported to the CDC during the 2022 outbreak in the US. from a traveler who returned to Massachusetts from Canada.

May 19, 2022 – The WHO reports that the outbreak has a mortality rate of 3% to 6%.

May 23, 2022 – The CDC announces the release of doses of smallpox vaccine from the country’s National Strategic Stockpile to “high-risk people.” In the United States, the two-dose Jynneos vaccine is licensed for the prevention of smallpox, and specifically for the prevention of smallpox.

May 26, 2022 – CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announces that the United States is distributing the vaccine in states with reported cases and recommends vaccinating people most at risk of infection due to direct contact with a person who has smallpox.

June 22, 2022 – CDC announces partnership with five commercial labs to expand testing capabilities in the United States.

June 23, 2022 – The first smallpox vaccination clinic in the United States opens in New York.

June 28, 2022 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Biden administration announce an enhanced vaccination strategy and report that more than 9,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed to date.

July 22, 2022 – Two American children contracted Mpoxoma, the first time in the US. The two cases are unrelated, according to the CDC.

July 23, 2022 – The WHO declares mpox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, “an extraordinary event that may pose a risk to public health in other countries due to the international spread of the disease and may require an internationally coordinated response.”

July 27, 2022 – More than 786,000 additional doses have become available in the United States after weeks of limited smallpox vaccines, according to HHS.

July 29, 2022 – NY announces State emergency in response to smallpox outbreak.

August 1, 2022 – California and Illinois declare a state of emergency. There are more than 800 cases in California and more than 500 in Illinois, according to the CDC.

August 2, 2022 – IN mpox response team created the Biden administration. President Joe Biden appoints Robert Fenton of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as White House National Nitrous Oxide Response Coordinator.

August 2, 2022 – A report from Spain’s National Institute of Microbiology indicates that two men, aged 31 and 44, who died of smallpox in unrelated cases, developed encephalitis, or swelling of the brain that can be caused by viral infections. Encephalitis is a very rare disease that is known to be associated with smallpox. It was reported in people with smallpox in West Africa and in a patient in the United States in 2003 during a small outbreak involving imported prairie dogs.

August 4, 2022 – The Biden administration declares the smallpox outbreak a public health emergency.

August 5, 2022 – A report released by the CDC states that 94% of the cases were among men who had recently had sexual or close intimate contact with another man. In addition, 54% of cases were among black Americans and Hispanics.

August 9, 2022 – In an attempt to stretch the limited supply of the Jynneos mpox vaccine, federal health officials are allowing smaller doses to be given using a different injection method. The new injection strategy allows healthcare professionals to give shallow injections intradermally, between the layers of the skin, with one-fifth of the standard dose instead of subcutaneously, into the fat layer under the skin, at a higher dose.

August 18, 2022 – The White House announces an accelerated distribution schedule for the HHS vaccine, with an additional 1.8 million doses of Jynneos vaccine available. Additional vaccines will be distributed to communities hosting major LGBTQI+ events.

August 19, 2022 – King Washington County, which includes Seattle, declares mpox a public health emergency with over 270 reported cases.

September 12, 2022 – First US death due to mpox confirmed in Los Angeles County, California.

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My wife is unhappy and hasn’t spoken since we stopped drinking – Chicago Tribune



Dear Amy! Since the day we met, over 40 years ago, my wife and I have been social drinkers.

Gatherings at weddings, holidays, concerts, sporting events, etc. have always been accompanied by alcohol.

While I can drink a couple of glasses and stop, as for the wife – not very much.

She will order drinks until 2 am. And while it was sometimes stupidly funny when we were younger, the end results were often embarrassing as we got older.

I was very worried about my wife’s drinking and her health.

One night when she went crazy, I filmed her, sent the video to her, and told her I didn’t want to be part of that lifestyle anymore.

I poured out all the alcohol in the house, and neither of us has drunk since.

I hardly miss him, and she also quit smoking without any problems, but mentally it was a very difficult test for her.

Alcohol was her social lubricant. Alcohol is what allowed her to overcome social anxiety and self-esteem issues.

Now she either doesn’t go to events at all, or sometimes we leave early because she’s so unhappy.

How can I make her see that she can still enjoy these experiences without using alcohol as a crutch?

— sober husband

Dear Sober! Your wife managed to stop drinking alcohol, but she failed to cope with the main reasons for which she used alcohol.

In recovery circles and the 12 steps, her problems can be called “dry drunk syndrome.” Her crutch is gone, and now she’s limping around trying to get by without it.

Even though your wife quickly quit drinking, prompted by the shame video of what her alcohol abuse did to her (and supported by your subsequent sober support), she would still benefit from seeing a drug specialist, therapist, and/or attending meetings. with other people in the recovery process.

Regular contact with other people who have also struggled to “whiten their joints” on and through recovery can help her understand her anxious reactions and feel less alone.

I hope you will be patient and support your wife in her life changing recovery.

Dear Amy: My partner and I broke up, I was overwhelmed.

I thought he was happy with me even though he struggled with depression and undiagnosed (but obvious) ADHD.

I have adjusted my expectations and behavior to accommodate him on many occasions because I also have depression so I understand the need for flexibility.

I never harassed him because he didn’t want to go out and would have gone alone.

We had a lot in common and a healthy intimate relationship.

When he said that he wanted to break up, I was upset and confused, cried and asked why he was doing this.

He replied that I was selfish if I wanted him to stay with me as a couple. He said he felt trapped. I didn’t expect to hear that either.

I have always considered myself a generous, loving person. I never thought that anyone would ever call me selfish. It was almost as painful as breaking up.

I told him that I would not stay where they did not want me, and made arrangements to move out.

Can loving someone be a selfish act?

– suddenly lonely

Dear Suddenly Lonely: People say hurtful things when they push their partner away.

The way I interpret your ex’s “selfish” statement goes back to the old adage, “If you love something, let it go.”

Your ex says that he feels trapped in the relationship and that (in his opinion) it would be selfish of you to convince him to stay in a relationship he no longer wants to be in.

And… he’s right. In this context, forcing someone to stay in a relationship can be a selfish act.

This does not mean that you are a selfish person.

You are on the unfortunate receiving side of a depressed person who may be spiraling. As much as it hurts you, it would be kinder to part amicably and offer to leave the door open for friendship.

Dear Amy! “Time Is Running Out” wanted to lie and cheat on her longtime partner, and you pushed her to do it!

I can’t believe you would be so heartless.

– Disorder

Dear Frustrated! I didn’t urge her to leave; I encouraged her to be honest and understand the consequences of her choice.

(You can write to Amy Dickinson at or send an email to Ask Amy, PO Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter. @askingamy or facebook.)

© 2023 Amy Dickinson. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Amazon’s 34 Best Sex Toys, According to Some Very Excited Reviewers



Zon is a lot of things: a giant retailer, a streaming platform, and possibly the most underrated adult toy store. Amazon’s best sex toys can rival any luxury sex toy seller – with the added bonus of fast (and discreet) delivery to your door. There is no better way to stock up on the best vibrators, glass dildos and butt plugs.

Free two-day shipping on most devices is certainly a plus, but retailer convenience isn’t its only attraction. If you’re ready to expand your sexual horizons—these perversions and fetishes aren’t going to explore themselves, after all—Amazon has everything you need (plus rave reviews to back it up). Maybe it’s time to try something new, like a fun sex toy for couples or a sex wedge; Maybe you’re new to the market and in need of a personal lube and a reliable beginner vibrator (the one from Womanizer is an all-time bestseller for some reason). There may also be a chance that you are looking for something more advanced, like nipple stimulators or remote controlled vibrators. Thank you, everything is on Amazon.

In fact, the retailer has so many toys to choose from that choosing one can be overwhelming for even the most experienced shopper. But that’s where we come in: we’ve combed every inch of Amazon to pick our favorite options, many of which we’ve tested for ourselves, and all of which have earned rave reviews. If you need help deciding what’s right for you (and any partners), these are the very best Amazon sex toys and their rave reviews.

Our top picks

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