The Hill  |  August 4, 2022

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On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global health emergency, and the United States is currently the world’s epicenter, with more than 6,600 cases across 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. And that is likely a significant undercount due to sporadic testing and underreporting. Most monkeypox cases are among men who have sex with men, but women and children have the disease as well. If we wait much longer to take urgent action, our country will be battling two pathogens novel to America — COVID-19 and monkeypox — for decades to come, severely straining the U.S. health system.

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