US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

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The US has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency following a spike in cases.

It comes less than two weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its highest-ever emergency alert following a spike in cases worldwide.

Cases have topped 6,600 in the US, according to health officials.

The US decision to label the disease a public health emergency will accelerate the distribution of vaccines, treatments and federal resources to curb the spread of the virus.

The three states with the highest caseloads are New York, California and Illinois.

More than 26,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide this year, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Although anyone can get monkeypox, the outbreak is mostly concentrated among men who have sex with men.

This virus usually causes an acne-like rash, which can be very itchy and painful, develop and spread throughout the body, as well as other complications.

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