Monkeypox: US declares national health emergency following disease outbreak

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The US government declared a national public health emergency over the monkeypox outbreak on Thursday, at a time when nearly 7,000 cases are recorded in the country.

With this initiative, the government hopes to take the response to the disease “to the next level”, the health secretary said, Xavier Becerra. The decision will allow the federal government to allocate more funds to deal with the wave of infections.

Agencies will be able to launch the development of new vaccines and treatments, as well as recruit new specialized personnel.

The announcement comes after the states of New York, Illinois and California also declared states of emergency due to the rapid increase in cases of this virus, endemic to Africa but detected in at least 75 countries since May.

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