The United States declared the disease caused by monkeypox a public health emergency, which will allow it to disburse funds, collect data and mobilize more personnel in the fight against the disease.
“We are prepared to take the response one step higher to address this virus, and we urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously and take responsibility for helping us deal with this virus,” said Health Secretary and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, this Thursday.
The category of “public health emergency of international importance” is designed to alarm that a coordinated international response is necessary and could unlock funding and global efforts to collaborate in the exchange of vaccines and treatments, detailed at the time the director general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
This is how monkeypox spreads
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox spreads in several ways. Viruses can be spread from one person to another through the following:
- Direct contact with the rash, scabs, or infectious body fluids.
- Respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sexual intercourse.
- Contact with items (such as clothing or bedding) that previously came into contact with the rash or infectious body fluids.
- Pregnant people can transmit the virus to the fetus through the placenta.
The US health agency adds that it is possible for people to contract monkeypox from infected animals, either by receiving a scratch or bite from the animal, or by preparing or eating meat from an infected animal or using products derived from an infected animal. .
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