Biden Declares a Public Health Emergency Regarding The Spread Of Monkey Pox.


Biden Declares a Public Health Emergency Regarding The Spread Of Monkey Pox.

According to various news reports, the announcement was made during a briefing with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as cases of the disease continue to spread in the US. As a result, the Biden administration has declared monkeypox a public health emergency.

The US had 6,617 confirmed cases of monkeypox as of August 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of Wednesday, all US states except for Montana and Wyoming had at least one case identified, according to a CDC map of the outbreak.

According to NPR, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra urged Americans to take monkeypox seriously and said, “We are prepared to take our response to this virus to the next level.”

Although data indicates that COVID cases are significantly lower now than they were during the Omicron-driven surge in late 2021 and early 2022, many details regarding what monkeypox is, its symptoms, and how it spreads may still be unknown as the US continues to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a rare illness brought on by infection with the monkeypox virus, a member of the same virus family as the one that causes smallpox, according to the CDC.

As with smallpox, monkeypox symptoms can include fever, headache, exhaustion, and a rash, but monkeypox is less severe and rarely fatal, according to the CDC.

Monkeypox can be spread in a number of ways, including through close contact, touching lesions, scabs, or bodily fluids of an infected person.

By touching items, fabrics, or surfaces that have been used by a person who has monkeypox, as well as through respiratory secretions, is how monkeypox is spread.

Transmission of the monkeypox can happen during close contact, including oral, anal, and vaginal sex as well as touching the genitalia of someone who has the illness.

Monkeypox can also spread through prolonged face-to-face contact, kissing, and hugs.

According to the CDC, a pregnant woman can transmit the monkeypox virus to her unborn child through the placenta. Other ways that people can get monkeypox include being bitten, scratched, eating meat from infected animals, and using their products.

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