Monkey pox has been deemed a public health emergency by the Biden administration.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced on Thursday that the epidemic of monkeypox had resulted in a public health emergency.

Becerra issued a statement stating, “I am declaring a public health emergency on #monkeypox in light of shifting realities on the ground.” We are ready to step up our response to combat this epidemic, and we implore all Americans to take monkeypox seriously.

More than 6,600 Americans have been affected by the monkeypox pandemic. The designation of an emergency makes federal funding and other resources available to combat the virus, which can cause fever, body aches, chills, exhaustion, and lumps that resemble pimples on various places of the body. An extended public health emergency is possible, as was the case with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xavier Becerra, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), speaks during a news conference at the HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C., US, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra addresses the media on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the HHS offices in Washington, D.C. (Image courtesy of Getty Images and Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg) )

According to the White House, it has helped increase domestic diagnostic capacity to 80,000 tests per week and made more than 1.1 million vaccination doses available.

With instances in more than 70 nations, the World Health Organization last week declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The WHO’s highest level of warning is a worldwide emergency, however this does not imply that a disease is highly contagious or deadly.

In the past week, declarations have been made by California, Illinois, New York, as well as New York City, San Francisco, and San Diego County.

Sharing linens, towels, and other items of clothing also contributes to the spread of the monkeypox virus. Although the virus can infect anyone, health officials have underlined that men who have had intercourse with other men are the majority of those who have fallen ill so far.

Top representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were appointed by the Biden administration earlier this week to act as the White House coordinators to address the epidemic of monkeypox.

This report was made possible by the Associated Press.
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