HHS Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency (PHE) in response to the current monkeypox outbreak. Declaring a PHE enables public health officials to take swift critical actions that will help meet the demands of this outbreak.

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