Monkeypox Declared Public Health Emergency in U.S.

Yesterday, the Biden administration officially declared Monkeypox a public health emergency in the United States. Since the first confirmed case was identified in mid-May, more than 7,100 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the United States with cases being identified in every state except Montana and Wyoming. Last month, the World Health Organization made Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. They define a public health emergency of international concern as an ‘extraordinary event’ that constitutes a ‘public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease’ and to ‘potentially require a coordinated international response.’ Some cities and states have already declared Monkeypox an emergency in their areas, including New York, California and Illinois.