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Mpox Health Emergency to Lift in US as Virus Cases Plummet (1)

Dec. 3, 2022, 12:18 AM

US health officials are preparing to end the emergency declaration for mpox, the virus known as monkeypox until recently, as cases dwindle.

The Health and Human Services Department “does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31,” Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday in a statement. “But we won’t take our foot off the gas -- we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine.”

Officials first declared mpox a public health emergency on Aug. 4, as cases of the virus, ...