US weighs declaring monkeypox a health emergency—Washington Post | Inquirer News

US weighs declaring monkeypox a health emergency—Washington Post

/ 12:40 PM July 26, 2022
US weighs declaring monkeypox a health emergency—Washington Post

A person arrives to receive a monkeypox vaccination at the Northwell Health Immediate Care Center at Fire Island-Cherry Grove, in New York, U.S., July 15, 2022. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

The Biden administration is weighing whether to declare the monkeypox outbreak in the country a public health emergency, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The government is also planning to name a White House coordinator to oversee the country’s response to the outbreak, according to the report.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The news comes days after the World Health Organization issued a high-level alert, declaring the outbreak of the mild viral infection a global health emergency.

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So far, nearly 70 countries in which monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with confirmed cases crossing 16,600.

Two cases of monkeypox, which causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions, were identified in the United States among children for the first time last week.

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