Monkeypox scare in New York City
All the equipment is in place, with tables and chairs lined up and medical supplies. The gym in a Brooklyn high school reminds one of a COVID vaccination center: but it’s for monkeypox that it opened on Sunday, July 17, in New York, the American “epicenter” of the viral disease.
In the Bushwick district, a long queue formed on the sidewalk, for a great majority of men aged from twenty to forty years old, eager to protect their entourage and to avoid monkeypox, its skin rashes and its pains.
Several people were interviewed, and they feel they were lucky, as it was difficult to get an appointment on the city’s dedicated website, which lacks doses. On Friday, July 15, 9,200 slots were released at 18:00 and left in seven minutes. Three days earlier, traffic was so heavy that it overwhelmed the site, bringing it to a standstill.
New York City, with its 8 million inhabitants, has seen an increase in infections in the past week, with 461 cases reported on Friday, July 15, since the disease first appeared in the United States in May, compared to 223 last Monday.
This disease, monkeypox, usually heals spontaneously, but it is characterized by skin rashes – which can appear on the genitals or in the mouth – and can be accompanied by fever, sore throats and sometimes severe pain.
New York has 21,500 doses of the vaccine already injected or scheduled and hopes to accelerate with the promise of more than 30,000 vaccines for all of New York State, of which it should receive a good portion.