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Biden administration to distribute over a million vaccines to fight monkeypox outbreak


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they are recommending new populations get vaccinated against monkeypox in order to stop the spread of the virus in the U.S. The plan also includes the distribution of monkeypox vaccines.

The CDC now recommends that men who have had sex with multiple men in the last fourteen days in cities where cases of monkeypox have been confirmed get vaccinated against the virus, as well as people who have had sexual contact with someone with a confirmed case of the disease.

The disease was first identified in 1970 and is usually spread to humans by rodents and other animals. It is endemic in the Congo Basin and West Africa but the most recent outbreak has seen over 5000 cases of the disease worldwide, with 306 reported in the U.S. so far since May.

Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, and a rash with blisters that usually clear up in several weeks. In one to five percent of cases, the virus results in death, and immunocompromised people, pregnant people, and children are at the highest risk of death.

No deaths from the disease have been reported in the U.S. so far.

The disease is spread […]

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