U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

With the United States now having by far the most cases of monkeypox worldwide, the Biden administration on Thursday declared the virus to     be a public health emergency.

As of August 4, the United States leads the world in monkeypox  infections, with at least 6,616 cases in 48 states and the District of  Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In just over a week, reported infections in America have more than doubled. The New York Times said that New York, Washington, and Georgia have the highest rates per capita.

Globally, more than 26,000 cases have been recorded in 87 countries, according to the CDC.

With the outbreak spreading around the world rapidly, the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 23 declared monkeypox “a public health emergency of international concern.”

The disease has the potential to cause serious illness, and five deaths     have been recorded.

The last time the WHO declared such an emergency was for COVID-19, in January 2020.

Dr. Ghebreyesus stressed that an international coordinated response is  needed to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups.

After the United States, Spain has the largest outbreak, with 4,577  cases, followed by Germany with 2,781, the United Kingdom with 2,759,  and France with 2,239.

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