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Monkey pox: United States declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency

The United States has defined the monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency, U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Friday, a decision that should allow for the allocation of additional funding and tools to fight the disease. .

The monkeypox epidemic is now considered a public health emergency in the United States, the United States Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra, announced on Thursday, reports the New York Times.

The US government is adopting a position in line with that of the World Health Organization (WHO), which last month called monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern”.

Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden appointed two high-ranking federal officials to coordinate the fight against the monkeypox outbreak, cases of which have been reported including in California and New York.

Monkeypox has infected more than 6,600 people in the United States, mostly men who have sex with men.

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