The Biden administration has officially declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency as cases of the virus have now exceeded 6,600.
The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday as cases topped 6,600 nationwide. We’ll have the latest reporting from @EmilieIkedaNBC tonight at 6:30 ET / 5:30 CT on your local NBC station. https://t.co/sgSzyLazlf
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 4, 2022
From NBC News:
The declaration could facilitate access to emergency funds, allow health agencies to collect more data about cases and vaccinations, accelerate vaccine distribution and make it easier for doctors to prescribe treatment.
The average U.S. monkeypox patient is around 35 years old, but people of all ages can be infected. The CDC has recorded five cases in children: two in California, two in Indiana and an infant who is not a U.S. resident who tested positive in Washington, D.C.
At least 26,200 monkeypox cases have been confirmed worldwide this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The World Health Organization issued its own declaration last month officially calling monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern.”
That designation is reserved for only the most serious global medical threats. It has previously been used for COVID-19, Zika, H1N1 flu, polio and Ebola.
BREAKING: U.S. officials plan to declare monkeypox a public health emergency, as cases top 6,600 nationwide, two sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News. pic.twitter.com/94DjcNUU6v
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 4, 2022
BREAKING: Biden administration to declare monkeypox a public health emergency in the U.S. https://t.co/PW1i7Zn8eY
— ABC News (@ABC) August 4, 2022