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Monkeypox Declared a U.S. Public Health Emergency

monkeypox is a public health emergency

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The United States has declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency. The declaration will help mobilize more resources to fight the outbreak. There are currently more than 6,600 cases in 48 states.

Symptoms usually include fever, headache, chills, backache, and swollen lymph nodes. The incubation period is usually around 7-14 days. It can spread by respiratory secretions, direct contact with the person infected, or touching objects or surfaces that the infected person used.

For prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands thoroughly, avoiding skin-to skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox, and avoid contact with all objects and materials touched by someone infected.

Employers can monitor the CDC website for further updates and information. Download the bulletin for more details.


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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”