The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday as cases rise nationwide.
The information was announced during a briefing with the Department of Health and Human Services from Washington, D.C.
The Biden administration has sounded the alarm on the monkeypox outbreak, declaring it a public health emergency. https://t.co/e3j4jVCvBC
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“Since the first US monkeypox case was identified in mid-May, more than 6,600 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the United States. Cases have been identified in every state except Montana and Wyoming,” CNN reported.
“The declaration follows the World Health Organization announcement last month that monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern,” it added.
The Biden administration has declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The designation will allow for more attention and resources to go toward mitigating the virus. https://t.co/JoltxlVRRc
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Unlike COVID, monkeypox spreads through bodily fluids. The government is now tracking case numbers daily and working to provide vaccines to help stop the spread.
The new vaccine has led to some caution from those skeptical of the monkeypox outbreak as not a single American has died from the illness and government trust remains low following the handling of the coronavirus.