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Monkeypox declared federal public health emergency

August 4, 2022


The Biden administration declared a federal public health emergency Thursday for monkeypox as virus outbreaks spread through pockets of the country.

Some 6,600 cases of the virus have been reported this week compared to less than 5,000 last week, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said during a call with reporters Thursday.

“We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” Becerra said.

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