U.S. Declares Monkeypox Outbreak a Public Health Emergency

Translator

Editor

Laila Afifa

5 August 2022 08:00 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The United States has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, the health secretary said on Thursday, August 4, a move expected to free up additional funding and tools to fight the disease.

The U.S. tally topped 6,600 on Wednesday, almost all of the cases among men who have sex with men.

"We're prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously," Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said at a briefing.

The declaration will improve the availability of data on monkeypox infections that is needed for the response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said, speaking alongside Bacerra.

The U.S. government has come under pressure for its handling of the outbreak.

The disease began spreading in Europe before moving to the United States, which now has the most cases in the world. Vaccines and treatments have been in short supply and the disease often left for historically underfunded sexual health clinics to manage. read more

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a "public health emergency of international concern," its highest alert level. The WHO declaration last month sought to trigger a coordinated international response and unlock funding to collaborate on vaccines and treatments.

Governments are deploying vaccines and treatments that were first approved for smallpox but also work for monkeypox.

The U.S. government has distributed 600,000 doses of Bavarian Nordic's (BAVA.CO) Jynneos vaccine and deployed 14,000 of Siga Technologies' (SIGA.O) TPOXX treatment, officials said, though they did not disclose how many have been administered.

Walensky said the government aims to vaccinate more than 1.6 million high-risk individuals.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf said the agency was considering freeing up more Jynneos vaccine doses by allowing doctors to draw 5 doses of vaccine from each vial instead of the current 1 dose by using a different subcutaneous method of inoculation.

U.S. President Joe Biden this month appointed two federal officials to coordinate his administration's response to monkeypox, following declarations of emergencies by California, Illinois and New York. 

First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches and pus-filled skin lesions, and people tend to recover from it within two to four weeks, the WHO says. It spreads through close physical contact and is rarely fatal.

Anthony Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told Reuters on Thursday that it was critical to engage leaders from the gay community as part of efforts to rein in the outbreak, but cautioned against stigmatizing the lifestyle.

"Engagement of the community has always proven to be successful," Fauci said.

REUTERS

Click here to get the latest news updates from Tempo on Google News



Suspected Case of Monkeypox in Central Java Confirmed Negative

4 hari lalu

Suspected Case of Monkeypox in Central Java Confirmed Negative

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo confirmed that the PCR test of a resident who was suspected of being exposed to monkeypox turned out negative.


Cambodia's First Monkeypox Patient Recovers: Health Spokesperson

6 hari lalu

Cambodia's First Monkeypox Patient Recovers: Health Spokesperson

Cambodia's first imported monkeypox case has recovered after having received treatment for nearly two weeks.


PLN Strengthens Clean Energy Partnership with USAID

7 hari lalu

PLN Strengthens Clean Energy Partnership with USAID

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo and USAID Mission Director Jeff Cohen in Jakarta.


First Suspected Monkeypox Case in Indonesia Undergo Further Tests

7 hari lalu

First Suspected Monkeypox Case in Indonesia Undergo Further Tests

Indonesian Health Ministry is verifying the sample from one suspected monkeypox case from East Java.


Suspected Case of Monkeypox Found in Central Java's Pati

7 hari lalu

Suspected Case of Monkeypox Found in Central Java's Pati

A resident in Pati Regency, Central Java, is suspected of being infected with monkeypox and is now undergoing isolation at a local hospital.


ASEAN Warns on Risk of Taiwan 'Miscalculation', Ready to Help Dialogue

8 hari lalu

ASEAN Warns on Risk of Taiwan 'Miscalculation', Ready to Help Dialogue

ASEAN warns of a risk that volatility caused by tensions in the Taiwan Strait could lead to "miscalculation and unpredictable consequences."


Suspected Case of Monkeypox Detected in Central Java; Ganjar Clarifies

9 hari lalu

Suspected Case of Monkeypox Detected in Central Java; Ganjar Clarifies

The probable case of monkeypox has been detected in Central Java.


Research is Key to Preventing Monkeypox Spread: BRIN

9 hari lalu

Research is Key to Preventing Monkeypox Spread: BRIN

Research has become the key pillar for preventing the spread of diseases, including monkeypox, according to BRIN.


IDAI: Children More Vulnerable to Monkeypox

9 hari lalu

IDAI: Children More Vulnerable to Monkeypox

The Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) states that children are more susceptible to being infected with monkeypox.


Covid-19 Vaccine Fourth Dose Rollout After Third Dose Coverage Touches 50%: Health Ministry

10 hari lalu

Covid-19 Vaccine Fourth Dose Rollout After Third Dose Coverage Touches 50%: Health Ministry

Health Ministry said that the fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be provided to the general public once the coverage of the third dose reaches 50%