With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, a second public health threat has the world on high alert: A global outbreak of monkeypox. On July, 23 2022, the WHO Director-General declared the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). As of September 27, 2022, there have been 25,341 confirmed cases within the United States and 66,551 total cases around the world.
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Spread between people and animals through close or intimate contact,
Symptoms occur within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus and can last for 2-4 weeks. Symptoms include:
Those who have a rash consistent with monkeypox
Yes! In the United States, there are 2 available vaccines: