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Monkey Pox Now A Public Emergency, Says Biden Administration

Monkey-pox has been spreading faster in the U.S since its onset. There was a huge public outcry over the spread, and the Biden administration was criticized for the way they handled it. 

Earlier, monkey-pox testing was available only in public hospitals. After a widespread protest, the testing facility was extended to private hospitals as well.

Now, the president has declared monkey-pox as a public health emergency. 

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“We’re prepared to take our responsibility to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” said the official statement by Xavier Becerra, secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.

As per the latest reports available from the administration, there are around 6 617 monkeypox cases across the nation. Except in Wyoming and Montana, cases are reported everywhere across the country.

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The declaration will help spread awareness about the disease, and people will be more careful. Once a condition is declared a pandemic, the status lasts for about ninety days. Then, if needed, the status can be further extended.

The administration expects the number of cases to rise as the country’s test facility has enhanced. 

Men with sexual relationships with other men are more vulnerable to catching monkeypox. However, now everyone is equally vulnerable, say the authorities.

Although there have been no casualties in the U.S due to monkeypox, more than 7,000 cases are now positive across the nation.

Unlike what many people think, the declaration doesn’t mean that we can expect millions of monkey pox cases in the coming days. In a nutshell, it is all about creating awareness about the enormity of the situation and prompting healthcare centers and professionals to be more careful as also the general public.

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