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Monkeypox epidemic was deemed a public health emergency on Saturday 23rd July 2022 by the World Health Organization.

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Monkeypox cases have been documented in non-endemic nations since early May 2022 and have continued to be reported in several endemic nations. In contrast to West or Central Africa, where the monkeypox virus is widespread, the majority of verified patients with a travel history mentioned visits to Europe and North America. For the first time, several monkeypox cases and clusters have been recorded simultaneously in endemic and non-endemic nations over a broad range of geographical regions.

“I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The declaration of a public health emergency of international concern improves international cooperation and information exchange. The declaration was made despite the WHO emergency committee’s inability to agree on whether or not to make the emergency declaration.

According to Tedros, there is a “clear danger of future international expansion” since the infection is expanding quickly.

Monkeypox vaccinations

Monkeypox vaccinations are available; however, the supply is limited.

Kyle Planck, 26, who has recovered from monkeypox, shows a bottle of Tecovirimat, which is used for monkeypox treatment. Photograph: Yuki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images

The primary way that monkeypox spreads during intercourse is via skin-to-skin contact. The majority of transmission has happened in the gay community; therefore, males who have intercourse with other men are still at the greatest risk. However, notwithstanding sexual orientation, the WHO and CDC have underlined that anybody may get monkeypox. There are more than 16,000 cases worldwide, and 2,891 cases have been verified in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

191,000 doses have so far been given to state and local health agencies, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By the middle of 2023, the federal government will reportedly have close to 7 million doses, according to HHS.

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