This monkeypox outbreak Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said today that this is a public health emergency in the United States.The disease has spread in the United States since Mayand cases have been rising around the world.
“We urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” he said at a news conference today.
The decision to declare a public health emergency comes after the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern in late July. Numerous states, including New York and California, have also declared health emergencies.
Monkeypox can cause rashes and lesions along with symptoms such as fever and swollen lymph nodes. It doesn’t spread as easily as COVID-19, and so far experts believe it spreads mostly through close person-to-person contact. Most cases were in men who had sex with men, although people outside this group also tested positive for the infection.
to date, over 6,600 people Tested positive for monkeypox in the United States. Tests are still hard to access, so this may be underestimated. The United States also remains in a state of public health emergency for COVID-19.