US creates a response group to the spread of monkeypox

US creates a response group to the spread of monkeypox

Washington, Aug 2 (EFE).- The United States Government created a response group to the spread of the monkey pox in the country, and appointed emergency and epidemiological experts to deal with this disease.

The White House announced in a statement this morning the appointment, by the president, Joe Biden, of the experts who will lead this group.

The coordinator will be Robert Fenton, currently responsible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMAin English) in the west of the country and one of the “most experienced leaders in emergency management in the country”.

The team’s deputy leader will be Dr. Demetre Dasklalakis, a public health expert and currently director of the division for HIV prevention at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Dasklalakis is also an expert in the treatment of diseases that affect the LGTBIA+ community and has supervised the fight against infectious diseases in the New York Department of Health on several occasions.

“We hope to work with Bob Fenton and Demetre Dasklalakis to end the smallpox outbreak in the United States, the country’s Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra, said in the statement, who highlighted the experience of both to face this responsibility.

The Government has launched a strategy to combat this virus and has provided 1.1 million doses of the vaccine to states and cities to control its spread.

The creation of this group is known one day after it was learned that the states of California and Illinois declared a state of emergency due to the increase in cases of monkeypox, thus joining New York, which already did the same last Friday.

It so happens that the three states that have declared the emergency are those that are home to the three largest cities in the US: New York in the state that bears the same name, Los Angeles in California and Chicago in Illinois.

The emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to allocate funds and resources to help localities fight this disease.

The US has detected about 6,000 cases of monkeypox, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). EFE

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