US to declare health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

AUGUST 4, 2022:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will declare a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the monkeypox outbreak that has already infected more than 6,600 Americans. That’s what two people familiar with the matter say. The expected announcement will free up federal funds and resources to fight the virus, which can cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the body. The people spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the announcement.

JULY 22, 2022:

NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of monkeypox in the United States could represent the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease, although some health officials say the virus that causes pimple-like bumps could still be contained. before it is firmly established. Experts disagree on the likely trajectory of the virus. Some fear it will become so widespread that it is on the verge of becoming an ingrained STD – like gonorrhea, herpes and HIV. But no one is really sure, and some say tests and vaccines can still prevent the epidemic from taking hold. So far, more than 2,400 cases in the United States have been reported as part of an international outbreak that began two months ago.

UPDATE JULY 14, 2022:

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say thousands more doses of the monkeypox vaccine could soon begin shipping from Denmark. The Food and Drug Administration said it conducted a required inspection of the overseas factory where the two-dose injections are manufactured. The update comes amid growing demand for vaccines in New York, California and other parts of the United States. The US government has purchased more than 1.1 million vaccine doses from Bavarian Nordic, most of which are still stored at the company’s Danish factory. But the FDA requires an on-site inspection before vaccines from a new plant can be licensed. An FDA spokesperson said its inspection was recently completed.

JULY 14, 2022:

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing demand for the monkeypox vaccine caused the appointment system to collapse in New York City, one of many places where supplies ran out almost as soon as they arrived. City health officials acknowledged frustration with the limited vaccine supply and pledged to build a “stable appointment infrastructure” as the vaccine supply grows. Infections are now over 1,000 since the growing outbreak in the United States. Most patients experience only fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue. People with more severe illness may develop a rash and sores on the face and hands that may spread to other parts of the body.

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