Monkeypox continues to spread internationally and the efforts of countries to prevent its spread are not being sufficient. In the United States, the situation continues to worsen and in view of this, President Joe Biden has decreed a national health emergency. The WHO already declared monkeypox as an international emergency on July 23. This declaration of national emergency will allow an agile response in the country, where funds and other resources will be distributed to try to stop the spread of this virus whose main symptoms are fever, swollen glands, difficulty breathing, headache, muscle pain, pustules. and fever. Only a small percentage of those infected need to be hospitalized, but severe cases can cause death, especially in people with other diseases or pathologies. The first states in the country to declare monkeypox a national emergency were California, followed by New York and Illinois. The US is the country with the most confirmed and active cases in the world, with around 7,000, despite having a lower incidence than, for example, Spain, due to the large number of inhabitants of the American country. The states of Washington, New York and Georgia have the highest concentration of cases. Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, has announced the emergency declaration while Biden continues to be isolated after a relapse due to covid where he has tested positive again. This Tuesday, August 2, Joe Biden named two responsible for coordinating the state response to monkeypox, and it was Becerra who announced that “we are prepared to take our response to the next level to face this virus and we urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously.” No Recorded Deaths The United States has not recorded any deaths from monkeypox. Vaccination campaigns have been launched and although it is on a smaller scale than in the case of the coronavirus, 1.1 million full doses have been made available so far, enough to start immunizing 550,000 citizens. The only vaccine available is the one made by Bavarian Nordic, known as Jynneos, administered in two doses. Now, with the declaration of a state emergency, vaccines and treatments against this disease will be acquired and distributed more easily, in addition to being able to prevent contagion more quickly and facilitate data collection.
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