Dramatic spike in monkeypox cases leads to CDC launching new emergency center with US infections now at 306

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THE dramatic spike in monkeypox cases has lead to the CDC launching a new emergency center as infections in the US reach 306.

The CDC said it was launching its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to cope with the influx of cases across the country.

The EOC “allows the [CDC] to further increase operation support” to meet the rapid spread of the virus, read a statement on the heath authority’s website.

The response center is home to 300 staff who will work in collaboration with local, national, and international partner to curb the spread, the statement said.

It comes as the CDC boosted its monkeypox testing capacity last week by sending testing kits to five commercial laboratories.

It said the move was aimed at “increased testing, leverage established relationships between clinics, hospitals and commercial laboratories, and support our ability to better understand the scope of the current monkeypox outbreak”.

The US has seen a dramatic spike in monkeypox cases in the last seven days.

California has registered the most confirmed cases – 66 – while New York trailed behind.

Cases in the Big Apple increased by 60 percent in just four days this weekend, NBC New York reported.

The city of New York’s official website revealed on Monday that 48 people had tested positive – a figures which has now risen to 63.

And instead of widespread rashes, some patients saw scattered or localized lesions in areas other than the face, hands, or feet.

At times, flu-like symptoms developed after the rash, but other people didn’t have those symptoms at all.

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