Abbott creating take a look at for monkeypox

Abbott Laboratories mentioned on Thursday it’s actively creating a take a look at for monkeypox, because the illness spreads in numerous international locations.

The corporate will present the take a look at kits to companions of its Pandemic Protection Coalition, a community of scientific and public well being partnerships aimed toward figuring out future pandemic threats, an Abbott spokesperson instructed Reuters.

“Because the scenario evolves, we’ll take steps to handle further testing wants,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Abbott’s announcement comes on a day when the Facilities for Ailments Management and Prevention (CDC) confirmed it has recognized 9 monkeypox circumstances in seven U.S. states.

Globally, greater than 200 confirmed or suspected infections have been recorded in round 20 international locations the place monkeypox isn’t endemic. Most of those circumstances have been present in Europe.

Abbott is the second firm to announce its growth of monkeypox assessments following Roche’s announcement on Wednesday. 

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