U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response
The first confirmed death of the American outbreak took place this week.
White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus
The meeting came on the same day the CDC announced a new website to provide information about monkeypox specifically for college students.
Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach
The federal government is working closely with local and state health departments to provide information and vaccines at large-scale events the LGBTQ community is expected to attend.
Activists seek changes to Philly Health Department’s monkeypox messaging and vax rollout
'Anyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity is at risk for infection,' city officials said.
How does monkeypox spread? An epidemiologist explains | Analysis
It it isn’t an STI. And this is what counts as close contact.
Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered
The Biden administration has begun encouraging health care providers to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox.
Local health officials, orgs educate communities on Monkeypox emergency | Friday Morning Coffee
Good Friday morning, all. ICYMI: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for Monkeypox on Thursday afternoon as the U.S. recorded more than 6,600 cases nationwide. The declaration comes nearly two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “emergency of international concern.” Federal officials report that a formal emergency declaration will allow the administration to expand testing and vaccine access. Department of Health and Human Services […]
Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox
More than 6,600 monkeypox cases have been reported in the United States, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. The hardest-hit states are New York, California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
Philly health officials and leaders answer monkeypox questions at town hall
Here is a roundup of questions and answers from the Mazzoni Center town hall that help explain the current state of the monkeypox crisis and what people need to know going forward. The questions came from attendees of the town hall and answers were given by panelists including Jessica Caum, program manager, Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness program for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Dr. Shara Epstein, infectious disease specialist, medical director of the Division of Disease Control for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Dusty Latimer, Physician Assistant at Mazzoni Center: and Jazmyn Henderson, organizer with ACT UP Philadelphia and Black and Latinx Community Control of Health. Rep. Kenyatta and Sebrina Tate of Bebashi Transition to Hope also spoke during the town hall.
Philadelphia announces targeted vaccine response to monkeypox
By Jason Villemez PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced that five local health clinics have been allocated doses of monkeypox vaccine for distribution to individuals at high risk for exposure. The clinics are Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia FIGHT, Presbyterian Hospital, Drexel Partnership, and Penn Medicine. Each clinic is reaching out to specific patients for vaccination. […]
Monkeypox is straining an already overstretched public health system | Analysis
Tests, vaccines and anti-viral treatments all have been in short supply.
Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox
WASHINGTON — Two months after doctors diagnosed the first case of monkeypox in the United States, Congress has yet to hold a hearing, or give any significant attention to the painful and debilitating virus that’s spread to more than 4,600 people. Public health officials in the Biden administration have held several briefings, expanded testing capacity […]