Monkeypox spreads rapidly, declares public health emergency, White House says

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US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

Story: The United States has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, the health secretary confirmed Thursday. Cases topped 6,600 in the United States the day before, almost all of them having sex with men Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told Reuters the spread of cases outside that group was not high but was being closely monitored.It is now excessive. I don’t want to make people panic because they don’t have to worry about it, but at the same time, I’m not overly worried right now, so I’m going to be very careful right now, very careful right now, very careful about what’s going on right now. The first US case of monkeypox was confirmed in Massachusetts in May, followed by another case in California five days later. States of emergency are already in place in California, Illinois, and New York. The World Health Organization last month called monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern”. First identified in monkeys in 1958, it presents with mild symptoms such as fever, pain, and skin lesions, and is usually spread by close contact. By mid-July, the US government had distributed 156,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine nationwide. An additional 2.5 million doses have been ordered.