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White House COVID-19 advisor Dr Ashish Jha assured Americans that monkeypox poses a “very small” threat to the general population even as the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an emergency.
“No American has died of monkeypox in this outbreak,” Jha said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday”. “I don’t know globally – I think it’s a very small number – but no American has died of monkeypox, so the risk to the wider population is very small.”
The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox virus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). General Manager Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday admitted that the level of transmission previously did not meet the standards, but has continued to grow since then.
More than 75 countries and territories have so far reported more than 16,000 cases, with five confirmed deaths.
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Jha said he agreed to the call because many countries do not have the resources to deal with the outbreak while still grappling with issues related to COVID-19, but stressed that the United States is prepared and can deal with the virus, while maintaining risks. Low for Americans.
He said, “I support that.” “I think Dr. Tedros made the right call. We’re seeing monkeypox in many countries around the world, and a lot of them don’t — they really can’t manage it.”
“Here in the United States, we have just over 2,000 cases,” he continued. “We have greatly enhanced testing, greatly increased vaccinations.”
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Jha advised that the United States would refrain from declaring its own state of emergency regarding monkeypox, explaining that any such decision would be based on “facts on the ground” and what the declaration would allow health and service officials to do.
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Jha has also focused over the past few days on President Biden’s infection with COVID-19, ensuring the public that White House medical staff and advisers are transparent throughout the process — including revealing that officials have identified and traced 17 individuals who have come into contact with the president and may be infected.
“None of them showed a positive result,” Jha said. “Obviously they are all still following CDC protocols about concealment and testing but to this day, no one I know has tested positive.”
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Jha highlighted the fact that Biden had received two doses of the vaccine and two shots of the booster, which he said resulted in him dealing with a “relatively mild” infection.
Fox News’ Julia Mosto contributed to this report.
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