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Monkeypox Testing Shows the US Learned Little From the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Most assays go through government labs, leading to bottlenecks
  • Expanded testing sought from companies, public health labs
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5 Things to Know About Monkeypox

US testing for monkeypox is insufficient to determine how widespread the virus is and where new cases are cropping up, according to infectious disease experts and advocates concerned about a sluggish response to the outbreak that’s already hit 32 countries

While government labs have the capacity to test as many as 8,000 samples a week, they’re only using 2% of that capability, suggesting that about 23 monkeypox tests are being performed a day, said James Krellenstein, the cofounder of PrEP4All, an HIV advocacy group that widened its focus during the pandemic. Much more testing is needed to find out where the pathogen is and how fast it’s moving, he said.