According to the US government health data, over 3,800 monkeypox cases have been reported in the United States, which is more than any other country across the globe. The increasing number of monkeypox cases has prompted the government of the United States to mull declaring it a national health emergency.
The monkeypox virus has already been classified as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), and to date, over 18,000 monkeypox cases have been registered in 75 countries.
According to data from the US CDC, as of July 25th, 2022, there were 3,846 suspected or confirmed monkeypox cases in the United States. The three other countries with the highest number of monkeypox infections are Spain, Germany, and the UK, with 3,105, 2,352, and 2,208 monkeypox cases, respectively.
With increasing cases in the United States, it is reported that the government of the United States was considering declaring a public health emergency. This measure will allow the US government to use federal funds to tackle the monkeypox outbreak, raise public awareness and better collect relevant health information.
Additionally, the Biden administration is reportedly preparing to name a coordination to oversee the government response to monkeypox disease from the White House. The officials of the US government have said that bisexual and gay men, as healthcare workers, have been at the most risk so far, and fear is growing that the monkeypox virus can spread to several other segments of the population in the United States.