The United States (US ) government has declare a nationwide public health emergency following a spike in cases of monkeypox in the country.
The decision is about vaccines to control the spread of the virus. The distribution of treatments and federal resources will be expedite .
The announcement comes more than two weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) issue its highest emergency alert following a surge in infections worldwide.
According to health officials, there are 6,600 cases of the disease in the United States. A quarter of those cases are from New York state, which declare its own state of emergency last week.
In addition, states of emergency were declare earlier this week in California and Illinois, the two states with the most cases.
The US (CDC) says there are more than 26,000 confirmed cases worldwide
According to monthly data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been more than 26,000 confirm cases worldwide this year.
However, some public health experts have express concern that the emergency declaration could worsen the outbreak.
Anyone can get monkeypox. However, the incidence of the disease is higher in men who have sex with men.
The disease is not only a sexually transmit infection (STI), but can also be transmit through close contact with an infect person.
The virus usually causes a pimple-like rash. It is very itchy and painful and can spread throughout the body and lead to other complications.
Infections in adult patients tend to be mild and clear up without treatment or hospitalization. However, the WHO warns that the death rate from the disease is higher among children.
Officials in the United States and elsewhere have recommend that those at highest risk of exposure should be vaccinate as a priority.
Recommendations include gay men and men who have sex with men and health workers.
The announcement, which was unwrapped on Thursday, came amid reports that vaccines and treatments for monkeypox are in short supply across the country.
The Department of Health and Human Services said last week that it had ordered an additional shipment of more than five million medications through May.
The White House also announced earlier this week the appointment of a team to coordinate and oversee the national monkeypox response.
The panel includes Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, a New York physician who has led successful initiatives to curb the spread of HIV in the US.