Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci calls for ‘much more vigorous testing’ as CDC confirms 1,814 cases in the US
According to reports, as health officials in the United States warn that monkeypox must be taken more seriously, at-risk communities continue to face a limited supply of vaccines .
A lack of access to testing, while those infected with the virus in the United States have struggled to receive treatment.
"This is something we must definitely take seriously."
We don't know the scope and potential of it yet, but we have to act as if it has the potential to spread much further than it is now," Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden's top medical adviser.
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS's Face the Nation, "I think the opportunity for getting control of this and containing it has definitely closed."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,814 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States as of Friday afternoon (CDC).
Both Fauci and Gottlieb voiced their concern that the real numbers were greater - and emphasised the importance of testing.
According to Fauci, the data was "quite likely an undercount." "Whenever anything like this emerges, you're always probably looking at what may be, we don't know, the top of the iceberg," he told CNN.
"That's why we've got to get the testing out there in a much, much more aggressive way."