The United States declared a public health emergency over the monkeypox outbreak on Thursday, a decision that should free up funds, facilitate data collection and deploy more personnel to fight the disease.
“We are ready to step up our response to the virus and call on all Americans to take monkeypox seriously and do what is necessary to help us fight the virus,” said the Secretary of State. Health Xavier Becerra.
18,000 cases detected
For its part, the WHO had triggered its highest level of alert at the end of July. Most of the contamination is concentrated in Europe, where 70% of the 18,000 cases detected since the beginning of May are located and 25% in the Americas, according to the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.