US Expands Test Capacity for Monkeypox

The United States is expanding its capacity to conduct monkeypox tests by sending the test to five commercial laboratories.

The US Department of Health said Wednesday that the effort would “dramatically expand testing capacity across the nation and make testing more convenient and more accessible for patients and healthcare providers.”

Health care providers will be able to start using the lab to carry out monkeypox tests in early July, the Ministry of Health said.

As of Tuesday (21/6), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there were 142 reports of monkeypox infections in the US spread across 24 states and Washington DC. The first case was reported to the CDC on May 17.

According to the Department of Health, the CDC has started sending monkeypox tests to five companies: Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare.

More than 30 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported cases in those countries. [uh/ka]

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