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Monkeypox: US declares public health emergency

US public health experts have warned that a shift in action was needed if the disease is to be contained in its early stages.
10:03 AM Aug 05, 2022 IST | APN Live
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The United State on Thursday declared monkeypox, a viral disease outbreak, a public health emergency. As nationwide cases have reached around 6600, US public health experts have warned that a shift in action was needed if the disease is to be contained in its early stages.

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The announcement will lead to making some new funds and the deployment of additional personnel in the fight against the outbreak.

Requesting every American to take monkeypox seriously, a US official said that they were prepared to take responsibility to the next level in addressing this virus. He said that the public should also participate in tackling the outbreak.

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Reports said that the real number of cases may be much higher than official figures announced by the US health department.

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The US has JYNNEOS vaccines against monkeypox’s related viruses, but it has been delivered to only six lakh people so far.

Several US reports have confirmed that most of the monkeypox cases have so far been found among men who had sex with men and the authorities were targeting these populations for vaccination strategy.

National capital Delhi on Thursday reported its fourth case that taking the case tally to nine in the country. Out of four cases, five have been reported from Kerala, from which a 22-year-old young man who tested positive for the infection on Monday died on July 30. The report said that he returned from the UAE.

According to World Health Organisation, most reported cases so far have been identified through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary healthcare facilities and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men.

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