Monkeypox: US declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, 7000 cases reported
Washington. The United States on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, indicating that the virus poses a significant threat to Americans. The announcement was made by President Biden’s Health Secretary Javier Becerra. Along with the world, cases of monkeypox infection are also being reported in Europe. The US health secretary said the move is expected to allow for additional funding and equipment to fight the disease. It gives it the power to use emergency funds and hire additional staff to help manage the outbreak that began in May.
“We are ready to take our response to this virus to the next level, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” Health Secretary Javier Becerra said at a news briefing. The move comes under intense pressure from US President Joe Biden and Becerra activists and public health experts to move more aggressively to tackle the outbreak.
Biden previously named a veteran emergency response officer and a respected infectious disease expert to coordinate the White House response – a sign that the administration is stepping up its efforts. The supply of the monkeypox vaccine, called Genios, has been severely disrupted, and administration has been criticized for proceeding too slowly to increase the number of doses.
Declaring an emergency will not reduce this shortage, but the administration can take steps to allow quicker access to tecovirimat, a drug recommended to treat the disease. As of Wednesday, there had been nearly 7,000 cases of monkeypox in the United States, with per capita rates in Washington, New York and Georgia. 99% of the virus is mostly transmitted through close physical contact; Infection is rarely fatal. There have been no deaths in the United States but it can be very painful. The country now has the highest rate of monkeypox infection in the world, and the numbers are expected to rise as surveillance and testing improve.
According to the media portal, Anne Rimoin, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a member of the WHO’s advisory panel on monkeypox, said “declaring monkeypox an emergency” sends a strong message that it is important, that it should be Should be dealt with now.” should go.”