The United States has declared a public health emergency due to monkeypox. This was announced on Thursday, August 4, by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Javier Becerra.

“We are ready to take the virus response to the next level and urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” he said during a telephone briefing.

The declaration of a public health emergency will allow the authorities of the country to attract additional funding and specialists to disease control. Previously, a state of emergency due to monkeypox was introduced in the states of New York, California and Illinois.

The United States is the country with the largest number of reported cases of monkeypox. According to the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 7,000 cases have been recorded in the country.

WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency

In July, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an outbreak of monkeypox public health emergency of international concern. By that time, more than 16,000 cases were known in 75 countries. Most of the infections were found in Europe and America.

Most often men get infectedengaged in same-sex sex, scientists from Queen Mary University of London found out. The researchers stressed that smallpox is not a sexually transmitted infection in the traditional sense and can be contracted through any close physical contact.

“However, our work shows that the majority of transmissions so far have been associated with sexual activity, primarily, but not exclusively, among men who have sex with men,” study leader John Thornhill said.

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