U.S. weighs declaring monkeypox a health emergency -Washington Post

FILE PHOTO: A person arrives to receive a monkeypox vaccination at the Northwell Health Immediate Care Center at Fire Island-Cherry Grove, in New York, U.S., July 15, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

(Reuters) – The Biden administration is weighing whether to declare the monkeypox outbreak in the country a public health emergency, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The government is also planning to name a White House coordinator to oversee the country’s response to the outbreak, according to the report.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The news comes days after the World Health Organization issued a high-level alert, declaring the outbreak of the mild viral infection a global health emergency.

So far, nearly 70 countries in which monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with confirmed cases crossing 16,600.

Two cases of monkeypox, which causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions, were identified in the United States among children for the first time last week.

(This story was refiled to correct typo in paragraph 3)

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