Dr. Scott Gottlieb says rising monkeypox cases suggest it's spread 'pretty wide'

Dr. Scott Gottlieb says rising monkeypox cases suggest it's spread 'pretty wide'

May 20, 2022 by CNBC

Key Facts

  • The rising number of monkeypox cases in the U.S. and Europe suggest the virus has already spread widely across communities, but it won't likely cause a major epidemic like Covid, Pfizer board member and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday.
  • Monkeypox spreads through open contact with the sores of a person infected, and has a long incubation period of 21 days or more, according to Gottlieb.
  • But he said the U.S. could just see a low level of spread that “just becomes hard to stop” since it may be difficult to deploy public health measures, such as mass immunization using the Vaccinia virus vaccine.
  • He noted that the virus is endemic in some countries, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo reporting anywhere from five to 10,000 cases a year.

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