Monkeypox cases reached 5,189 in the US with President Biden ‘declaring the virus a health emergency and issuing more vaccine doses’

The Biden administration is expected to declare monkeypox a health emergency as cases continue to rise in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s latest update brings the total cases in the country to 5,189, just months after the first case was discovered in the United States.

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The Biden administration is expected to declare monkeypox a health emergencyCredit: AP
The CDC released the latest update of monkeypox cases in the United States

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The CDC released the latest update of monkeypox cases in the United StatesCredit: AP
The United States confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts on May 17

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The United States confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts on May 17Credit: Getty Images – Getty

By defining a public health emergency, the Department of Health and Human Services can access new money and hire more staff to address the problem.

An announcement is expected at the end of the week, but the decision is not final, Politico reported.

The United States confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to Massachusetts from Canada on May 17.

New York was the hardest hit with 1,228 confirmed cases, followed by California with 799, Illinois with 385, and Florida with 332 cases.

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Anyone can get the disease – more so if you are in contact or have had sexual contact with someone who has symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on how to identify monkeypox during the current outbreak, which the World Health Organization declared a global emergency on Sunday.

Traditionally, people with monkeypox have fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, and muscle aches.

Symptoms are followed by a rash that begins on the face or mouth and then spreads to other parts of the body – especially the hands and feet.

However, in some recent cases, patients first experienced a rash in the mouth, around the genitals, or the anus.

Instead of a widespread rash, some patients saw scattered or localized lesions on areas other than the face, hands, or feet.

Sometimes, flu-like symptoms develop after the rash, but other people have not had these symptoms at all.

Scientists have warned of unusual symptoms in American patients that were not previously linked to the virus.

Some patients have reported pain in or around the anus and rectum, rectal bleeding, proctitis (painful inflammation of the lining of the rectum), or feeling the need to have a bowel movement even though the bowel is empty.

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Monkeypox comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox and is common in parts of Central and West Africa.

Most people recover from monkeypox within weeks, but the disease is fatal in up to 1 in 10 people, according to the World Health Organization.

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