Fifth child tests positive for monkeypox in US

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At least five children have tested positive for monkeypox in the United States since July.

Four of the children with confirmed illnesses are US citizens, including two in California and two in Indiana. The latest case was an infant who was tested while traveling through Washington, D.C. but is not a U.S. resident, according to ABC 7.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that young children could be at increased risk of more serious cases of monkeypox if they become infected. The organization has set the age limit for serious risk at 8, although it said pediatric data is “limited”.

California declared a state of emergency over monkeypox on Tuesday, making it the third to do so in the past week. Illinois and New York also made the move.

NEW YORK CITY AND ILLINOIS DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR MONKEYPOX

A man waits for his dose of the Jynneos vaccine as the city kicks off its first monkeypox inoculation campaign in Washington, United States, June 28, 2022.

A man waits for his dose of the Jynneos vaccine as the city kicks off its first monkeypox inoculation campaign in Washington, United States, June 28, 2022.
(REUTERS/Gavino Garay)

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The United States has so far tallied about 3,000 cases across the country, and President Joe Biden on Tuesday established a monkeypox response team at the White House.

Robert Fenton, regional administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will serve as White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator, and dr. Demetre Daskalakis as Deputy Coordinator.

“Fenton and Deskalakis will lead the administration’s strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including equitably increasing the test availability, vaccinations and treatments,” the White House said in a statement.

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The monkeypox virus is transmitted through close skin contact with an infected person. The disease is more prevalent in men who have sex with other men, but health officials say there is also a risk of transmission by sharing towels, sheets or other similar items.