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White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator named

CA & IL declare emergencies over rising monkeypox cases. CDC reports 6,326 US monkeypox cases.

Where: United States

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President Biden has named FEMA’s Robert Fenton and CDC’s Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, respectively.
The White House has announced that Fenton and Daskalakis are to “lead the Administration’s strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including equitably increasing the availability of tests, vaccinations and treatments.”
On Monday, CA Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the rising number of monkeypox infections in the state. IL Governor J.B. Pritzker has also announced a public health emergency.
On August 2nd, the CDC reported 6,326 US monkeypox cases. NY recorded 1,617 monkeypox cases – the most in the country – while CA and IL confirmed 826 and 533, respectively.
Monkeypox was designated a nationally notifiable condition in the US, effective from August 1st. Now, States will have to report all confirmed and suspected monkeypox cases to the CDC within 24 hours of detection.

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