CDC Reports First Cases of Monkeypox in Children

Public health emergency declaration is being considered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the first two cases of monkeypox in children last week. The children received treatment and were reportedly in stable condition. It is likely they contracted it from close contact with family members. The current strain of monkeypox has a fatality rate of 1%, with 14,000 confirmed cases globally and 2,891 confirmed cases in the United States.

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said President Biden’s administration has distributed 300,000 monkeypox vaccines so far, and is still considering whether the monkeypox outbreak should be declared a public health emergency. He stated, “We’re looking at that, looking at what are the ways in which the response could be enhanced, if any, by declaring a public health emergency.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Dr. Jha to seek God’s guidance as he evaluates information and advises the president.
  • For Director Walensky to be discerning as she oversees the CDC.
  • For U.S. health officials to provide wise and practical recommendations on monkeypox prevention.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters


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