United States declares emergency over monkeypox outbreak

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The United States has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. This was stated by Minister of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, writes the Voice of America.

The move is expected to free up additional funding and tools to fight the disease.

Formerly the World Organization Health Department has declared monkeypox a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”, the highest alert level. Last month's WHO declaration provides for a coordinated international response and facilitates funding for collaboration on vaccine and treatment sharing.

President Joe Biden on August 2 appointed two senior White House officials to serve as coordinators of the administration's response to the an outbreak of monkeypox after California, Illinois and New York declared a state of emergency due to a sharp increase in the number of infections.

As of Wednesday, August 3, the number of people infected in the United States exceeded 6, 6 thousand people, the vast majority of them – LGBT people.

First discovered in monkeys in 1958, this disease causes relatively mild symptoms, including fever, pain and pus-filled skin lesions. According to the World Health Organization, people recover within two to four weeks.

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