PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia has received more doses of the monkeypox vaccine as the disease continues to spread in the United States. The U.S. has seen a tenfold increase in cases over the past month. Now, Philadelphia is taking steps to try and turn this trend around.
Philadelphia health authorities say the monkeypox vaccine is now available at select health care clinics. They’re at Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia Fight, Presbyterian hospital, Drexel Partnership and Penn Medicine.READ MORE: Mother Of 6 Stabbed To Death In West Philly Had Protective Order Against Fiance Charged In Her Murder
As of Friday, nearly 2,900 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., reaching almost every state. Two cases are in children.
But for now, U.S. health officials are stopping short of calling the spread a public health emergency.READ MORE: Philabundance Distributing More Food Than Ever Amid Skyrocketing Prices Caused By Inflation
Meanwhile, a British patient is sharing his story and said doctors did not treat it as an emergency despite the excruciating pain.
He remembered talking to a nurse.
“I remembered clearly that I cried on the phone to her saying that I think that I’m going to die because I can’t eat, I can’t drink, I can’t even swallow my own spit,” Harun Tulunay, who’s recovered from monkeypox, said. “I am just very tired, just laying down and nothing is happening.’MORE NEWS: Darren Arnold Sought For Allegedly Setting Fire To West Philly Home Where 150 Jugs Of Gasoline Were Found
Tulunay was able to get admitted to the hospital and has now recovered.