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President Biden on Tuesday announced a White House coordination and management team efforts to deal with monkeypoxas the virus spreads in cities and states across the country.
The President has appointed Robert Fenton, a regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the White House office. National Monkeypox Response Coordinatorand Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as deputy coordinator.
“Fenton and Deaskalakis will lead the administration’s strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including a fair increase in availability of tests, The White House said Tuesday.
Fenton has served as FEMA’s powerful administrator twice and has led “many challenging prevention, response, and recovery activities” throughout his career.
Daskalakis, a leading public health expert, is currently the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The White House said he is “an expert on health issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.” Daskalakis previously oversaw the management of infectious diseases for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The White House said both officials played “critical roles in making COVID vaccines more accessible to underserved communities and closing the equity gap in adult vaccination rates.” .”
The president’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, added that the team “will allow the Biden administration to further accelerate and strengthen the response to monkeypox.”
The two officials are expected to coordinate and manage response efforts across the White House and all federal departments and agencies, as well as work with local, state, national, and local stakeholders. International “monitoring and combating the spread” of smallpox in monkeys.
California, Illinois and New York have declared smallpox emergencies in monkeys.
The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the United States on May 18.
To date, the Biden administration has delivered more than 1.1 million doses of the vaccine to states and cities around the country to control the spread of the virus, and has expanded testing capacity from 6,000 to 6,000. tests per week to more than 80,000 tests per week.
“Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox,” the CDC notes on its website.
Monkeypox symptoms are milder than those of smallpox – and monkeypox is rarely fatal.
The CDC says the virus is not related to chickenpox. Smallpox in monkeys was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a chickenpox-like disease appeared in monkeys kept for research.
Monkeypox symptoms include headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, fever, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, and chills.
Within one to three days, rashes and lesions can also develop, according to the CDC.
CDC shares many healthy actions we can all take to limit exposure and disease transmission.
Among the following tips: Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people with a rash; do not touch the rash or scabs of anyone with monkeypox; do not share eating utensils, plates or cups with someone who has the virus; do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox; Wash your hands often with soap and water – or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The CDC recommends that people infected with monkeypox be isolated at home, noting that close personal contact is another cause of rapid spread of the virus.
The CDC notes that anyone with a rash or other symptoms should “stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with, when possible.”
Fox News’ Deirdre Reilly contributed to this report.