Boston doctor on surveillance team that helped ID first cases, says outbreak shows how 'vulnerable we are' to new pathogens - bdsthanhhoavn.com

Boston doctor on surveillance team that helped ID first cases, says outbreak shows how ‘vulnerable we are’ to new pathogens

A leading infectious diseases expert in Boston who’s on a surveillance team that helped identify the first monkeypox cases in Europe says he doesn’t expect the virus to become a “big epidemic,” but cautioned that many questions remain about the outbreak.

Davidson Hamer, a Boston University School of Public Health infectious diseases specialist, also told the Herald that this novel outbreak coming after two-plus years of the COVID-19 pandemic “shows how vulnerable we are to the introduction of new pathogens.”

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tracking many cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the U.S., which has 24 confirmed cases. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported the first case in the country.

“There are lots of questions we still need to answer,” Hamer said. “But it’s good to reassure people that yes, over 1,000 confirmed cases worldwide, but I think it’s going to remain relatively localized in high-risk communities, and that control measures will gradually cause it to subside.

“But the outbreak shows how vulnerable we are to the introduction of new pathogens,” he added.

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