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The number of cases in the United States has exceeded 6,600. To combat the disease, the country's government intends to vaccinate more than 1.6 million high-risk people.
The United States has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. This will attract additional funding and funds to fight the disease. This was announced at a briefing by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Javier Becerra, reports Reuters.
“We are ready to take our response to this virus to a new level, and we urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously “, — said the minister.
It is noted that by August 3, the number of cases in the United States exceeded 6,600 people, with almost all cases reported among men who have sex with men.
To combat the disease, authorities are introducing vaccines and methods that have been approved for treat smallpox, but also work against monkeypox. For example, the US government distributed 600,000 doses of Bavarian Nordic's Jynneos vaccine and deployed 14,000 Siga Technologies' TPOXX vaccines.
Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky noted that the US government intends to vaccinate more than 1.6 million high-risk people. In addition, President Joe Biden appointed two federal officials in early August to coordinate his administration's response to monkeypox after California, Illinois, and New York declared national emergencies.
WHO declares monkeypox global emergency
In July, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an outbreak of monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. Most cases of infection were recorded in European countries and America.
Scientists say that men who have had same-sex sexual contacts are most often infected with monkeypox. However, smallpox is not a sexually transmitted disease in the classical sense, and it can be contracted through any close physical contact.