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Monkeypox outbreak: US declares monkeypox a public health emergency, more than 6600 cases

By Priyanka Verma 
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United States: After the corona virus, now the monkeypox virus is wreaking havoc all over the world. The United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency, indicating the virus poses a significant risk to Americans. The announcement was made by President Biden’s Health Secretary Javier Becerra. Cases of monkeypox infection are being reported in the world as well as in Europe. The US Health Secretary said the move is expected to allow additional funding and equipment to fight the disease. Gives it the power to use emergency funds and hire additional workers to help manage the outbreak, which began in May.

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Speaking with Health Secretary Becerra, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, said that “declaring a public health emergency will also help improve the availability of monkeypox data.” Biden appointed two top federal officials earlier this month to coordinate his administration’s response to monkeypox after California, Illinois and New York declared states of emergency.

Taking to Twitter, US President Joe Biden said, “I remain committed to our monkeypox response: ramping-up vaccine distribution, expanding testing, and educating at-risk communities. That’s why today’s public health emergency declaration on the virus is critical to confronting this outbreak with the urgency it warrants.”

Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Thursday that it is important to involve gay community leaders in efforts to contain the monkeypox outbreak, but cautioned against stigmatizing the lifestyle. He added that “the gay community, the commitment, has always proved successful.”

The number of cases of monkeypox in the US crossed more than 6,600 so far, after which the Biden administration took this decision. Almost all of those infected are men who have sex with men. US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a briefing, “We are ready to take our response to this virus to the next level, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) also declared monkeypox as a global health emergency on 23 July. Which is its highest alert level. The WHO’s announcement last month was designed to launch a coordinated international response and to raise funds for the “collaboration of vaccines and treatments”. The disease has been around for decades in parts of Central and West Africa, but it was not as widespread outside.

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