CDC says US leads globally in most known cases

A man receiving a monkeypox vaccine in New York City on July 15.

More than 3,800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States, the most of any country in the world, according to government health data.

The rising number of cases reportedly prompted the Biden administration to consider declaring a national health emergency.

The virus has already been classified as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

To date, more than 18,000 cases have been reported in 75 countries.

According to data published online by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of July 25, there were 3,846 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox in the United States.

The figure – which comes amid extensive testing on top of the growing outbreak of the virus – is now higher than that of Spain, where 3,105 cases have so far been reported.

The other two countries with the highest number of infections, Germany and the UK, have reported 2,352 and 2,208 cases respectively.

With cases rising in the United States, The Washington Post reported on July 25 that the Biden administration is considering declaring a public health emergency.

The measure would allow the government to use federal funds to fight the outbreak, raise public awareness and better collect relevant health data.

Additionally, the administration is reportedly preparing to appoint a coordinator to oversee the government’s response to monkeypox from the White House.

On July 21, 50 Democratic lawmakers sent an open letter to President Joe Biden urging him to declare a public health emergency and send millions of doses of vaccines to the United States from manufacturing facilities in the United States. foreign.

While officials have said gay and bisexual men – as well as healthcare workers – have been most at risk so far, fears are growing that the virus could spread to other segments of the population.

On July 22, the United States confirmed the first cases of monkeypox in children.

The US response to the virus has so far been plagued by vaccine shortages and a slow start to testing, leading some to compare the situation to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.

In Washington DC, for example, officials have warned that a “rapid increase in cases,” coupled with a “very limited” supply of vaccines, means authorities must prioritize high-risk residents.

The city currently has the highest total of infections per capita, with 172 cases reported in the district.

Most cases of monkeypox are mild, with initial symptoms including high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a chickenpox-like blistering rash or lesions.

So far, no deaths from the virus have been reported in the United States.