Fifth child tests positive for monkeypox in the US

At least five children have tested positive for monkeypox in the US since July.

Four of the children confirmed to have the disease are US citizens, two in California and two in Indiana. The latest case involved a baby who was tested while traveling through Washington, DC, but who is not a US resident, according to ABC 7.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that young children may be at greater risk of more severe cases of monkeypox if they become infected. The organization placed the cutoff age for serious risk at 8 years, though it said pediatric data is “limited.”

California declared a state of emergency over monkeypox on Tuesday, making it the third to do so in the past week. Illinois and New York have also taken the plunge.

So far, the US has seen roughly 3,000 cases across the country, and President Joe Biden created a White House monkeypox response team on Tuesday.

Robert Fenton, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will take over as White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator, and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis to serve as deputy coordinator.

“Fenton and Deaskalakis will lead the administration’s strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including equitably increasing the availability of tests vaccines and treatments,” the White House announced in a statement.

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