The United States (EU) yesterday declared a public health emergency for monkeypox, which It will allow you to disburse funds, collect data and mobilize more personnel in the fight against the disease.
“We are prepared to take the response one step higher to address this virus, and we urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously and take responsibility for helping us deal with this virus,” said Health Secretary and Human Services, Xavier Becerra.
The declaration, effective for 90 days, but which can be renewed and adjusted, takes place when more than 6,600 cases have been overcome throughout the country, approximately a quarter of them in the State of New York.
Experts believe that there could be many more, because sometimes there are few symptoms, which can be reduced to simple lesions.
So far, the United States has delivered some 600,000 doses of the vaccine marketed as Jynneos in North America (Imvanex in Europe) and initially developed against smallpox.
But it is a low figure considering that some 1.6 million people are considered high risk in the country..
About 99% of cases in the United States have been in men who have sex with men, the Department of Health reported last week. This is the priority population for vaccination.
Unlike previous outbreaks in Africa, the virus is now transmitted predominantly through sexual activitybut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn that It could also be spread by sleeping in the same bed, sharing clothes, and through prolonged face-to-face contact.
Medical attention, the best tool for the population
Symptoms are high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a smallpox-like rash. The Jynneos vaccine will be applied to the population at risk in the US.
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