Biden Administration Declares Monkeypox A Public Health Emergency

The Biden administration has officially declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency as cases of the virus have now exceeded 6,600.
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The Biden administration has officially declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency as cases of the virus have now exceeded 6,600.

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.