Medical Report: The challenges of curbing monkeypox spread and reducing symptoms

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The increase of monkeypox cases in the United States and throughout the world is causing scientists to look at possible methods to curb spread and reduce symptoms.

Monkeypox is endemic in Africa, but in the past few months there has been a growing number of cases throughout the wider world. At least 50 countries have seen cases.

With only a limited vaccine supply available, education is essential. Ideally, people at risk for the virus should be vaccinated, but people can be vaccinated after exposure to help prevent or reduce symptoms. The term used for giving vaccine after exposure is post exposure prophylaxis, or PEP.

The major challenge with PEP is that there is a four-day window to provide the vaccine, and contact tracing and testing can take a significant amount of time.

​​KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.