CNN: Mpox is almost gone in the US, leaving lessons and mysteries in its wake
On Tuesday, January 31, the US public health emergency declaration for mpox came to an end. The virus hasn’t completely gone away, but the average number of new cases per day reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the single digits, as opposed to the August 2022 peak of about 450 new cases per day.
Experts attribute the ending of the outbreak partly to the efficacy of the Jynneos vaccine. According to the CDC, men who had two doses of the vaccine were about 69% less likely to get a mpox infection that needed medical attention compared with those who were unvaccinated.
Some experts worry that the US could see an increase mpox infections again as the summer party season approaches.