U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

Aug. 4, 2022 - Due to a sharp increase in monkeypox virus (MPV) cases over the past few weeks, the White House has declared the virus a public health emergency in the United States. This declaration allows the federal government to now elevate its response in addressing the outbreak, namely by expanding the number of testing sites and accelerating the distribution of vaccines and treatments.

Nationally, the number of MPV cases exceeds 7,000 (up from 5,000 one week ago). According to data reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan has 71 cases.

Physicians are asked to have a high level of suspicion for MPV, especially in persons with reported risk factors. If the virus is suspected, physicians should consult their local health department, although public health approval is not needed as a prerequesite for testing at this time.

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