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US gov’t declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency

/ 04:17 AM August 05, 2022
Monkeypox is a "public health emergency of international concern," according to the WHO, and the US government declared a monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency on August 4, 2022.

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/Eduardo Munoz

The United States has declared a monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday, a move expected to free up additional funding and tools to fight the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” its highest alert level. The WHO declaration last month was designed to trigger a coordinated international response and could unlock funding to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.

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READ: Monkeypox outbreak: WHO lists common symptoms, cases, surveillance

President Joe Biden on August 2 appointed two top federal officials to coordinate his administration’s response to monkeypox, following declarations of emergencies by California, Illinois, and New York.

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Cases have crossed 6,600 in the United States as of Wednesday’s data, and almost all of them are among men who have sex with men.

READ: African monkeypox cases not concentrated among gay men, experts say

First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches and pus-filled skin lesions, and people tend to recover from it within two to four weeks, according to the World Health Organization.

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