US declares state of emergency over monkeypox

The Biden administration declared a health emergency over the growing monkeypox outbreak Thursday.

The declaration allows the federal government to amp up its response to the virus without the usual regulatory barriers.

The country has reported more than 6,600 cases of the virus, which cause fever, aches, and bumps or sores on the body.

It spreads through drawn-out skin-to-skin contact, and the main demographic affected so far has been gay and bisexual men.

Biden’s beleaguered chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that the administration will work with LGBTQ leaders to make sure it is educating and engaging with the community.

“Engagement of the community has always proven to be successful,” Fauci said.

Biden officials have been under scrutiny for a slow response to the growing outbreak, particularly because vaccines for the virus already exist.

Biden officials have been under scrutiny for a slow response to the growing outbreak, particularly because vaccines for the virus already exist.

More than 25,800 cases of monkeypox have been recorded worldwide.

Mayor Eric Adams declared monkeypox a public health emergency in New York City on Saturday, after saying in May he was not worried about its spread in the Big Apple.

The country currently only has the capacity for 80,000 monkeypox tests per week.