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The Biden administration has begun shipping monkeypox tests to commercial labs.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said it has shipped tests to five commercial laboratory companies.
These companies include Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare.
The labs will “significantly expand testing capacity across the country,” the department said, noting that health care providers could use them in early July.
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The testing capabilities of the five companies will be ramped up throughout the month, giving officials a better understanding of the extent of the monkeypox outbreak.
“All Americans should be concerned about monkeypox cases. Fortunately, we currently have the tools to fight and treat cases in the United States,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “By dramatically increasing the number of testing sites across the country, we’re making it possible for anyone who needs to be tested. »
The expansion builds on the capabilities already in place in the Public Health Laboratory Response Network (LRN).
“CDC has partnered with the LRN to increase the number of public health laboratories that can conduct testing to more than 67 laboratories in 48 states, and to increase the number of weekly testing within the LRN to more than 8,000 tests per week,” HHS said. ”
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According to the CDC, 156 monkeypox and orthopox viruses have been diagnosed in the United States.
While most new monkeypox cases are in gay or bisexual men, experts warn that anyone could be at risk.
People are usually infected with monkeypox virus through contact with broken skin or body fluids of an infected animal or human, or through contact with virus-contaminated material.
Monkeypox is associated with smallpox and has milder symptoms.
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Some of these symptoms include fever, chills, rash, and pain before the lesions develop.