Monkeypox a public health emergency

The US declared Monkeypox a public health emergency

The US declared Monkeypox a public health emergency, the Secretary of Health said Thursday, a measure that is expected to release additional funds and tools to combat the disease.

The United States count exceeded 6,600 on Wednesday, almost all cases among men who have sex with men.

“We are ready to take our responsibility to the next level in overcoming this virus, and we urge every American to consider Monkeypox seriously,” said Xavier Becerra-Health and Humanitarian Service Secretary.

This declaration will increase the availability of Monkeypox infection data needed for response, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said.

U.S. Government has been under pressure due to handling the outbreak.

The World Health Organization said MonkeyPox is a “public health emergency of international concern, its highest level of alert. Last month, the WHO declaration sought to trigger a coordinated international response and to release funding to collaborate on vaccines and treatments.

Monkeypox, a virus similar to smallpox but with symptoms that are less severe, in the past mainly found in some parts of Central and Western Africa. But in the current outbreak, the United States has the largest number of Monkeypox cases in the world, and this virus spreads quickly. Less than a month ago, there were around 700 cases; now there are almost 10 times that many.

“A declaration of this Monkeypox epidemic as a public health urgency is important but more important is to intensify the level of federal, state, and local coordination, to fill our shortcomings in vaccination supply and to obtain Appropriate money from Congress to face this crisis, “said Gregg Gonsalves, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health and W.H.O. advisor on Monkeypox.