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The US announces monkeypox as a public health emergency

The US announces monkeypox as a public health emergency

Following an increase in cases, the US authorities labeled the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. The choice will hasten the release of medications, vaccines, and federal funding intended to stop the virus’s spread. It happens less than two weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its highest emergency alert due to an increase in cases throughout the globe. According to health experts, the number of cases in the US has surpassed 6,600.

The state of New York, which last week declared its state of emergency due to the sickness, has seen a fourth of these instances. California and Illinois, the two states with the next-highest caseloads, declared states of emergency earlier this week. Additionally, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 26,000 cases have been confirmed globally this year. Some public health professionals worry that the emergency proclamation may further demonize the illness. Even while anyone can get monkeypox, the majority of the cases have been in gay and bisexual men. However, it is not just an STI that may spread through sexual contact; it can also spread through close contact with an infected individual.

The infection frequently results in the development and spread of rashes that resemble pimples and can be excruciatingly painful and itchy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned that young children have died at higher rates from the condition, even though infections are typically mild and resolve on their own in adult patients without treatment or hospitalization. Officials in the US and other countries have advised that those who are most at risk of exposure, such as some gay and bisexual males and some healthcare workers, should get the shot as soon as possible. The announcement on Thursday came despite allegations that monkeypox vaccines and medications are in low supply nationwide.

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More than five million additional doses will be provided through May of next year, according to a statement made last week by the Department of Health and Human Services. The White House also disclosed this week that a group had been created to coordinate and direct the country’s response to monkeypox. There is also Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, a doctor from New York who has successfully spearheaded campaigns to stop the spread of HIV in the US.

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