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Monkeypox and the outbreak in the U.S.

 A registered nurse prepares a dose of a Monkeypox vaccine at the Salt Lake County Health Department Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
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A registered nurse prepares a dose of a Monkeypox vaccine at the Salt Lake County Health Department Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City. U.S. health officials on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, authorized a new monkeypox vaccination strategy designed to stretch limited supplies by allowing health professionals to vaccinate up to five people — instead of one — with each vial.

Last week Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency freeing up funds and hopefully spreading awareness to help fight the disease.

We are taking a look at what monkeypox is, the state of the outbreak in the U.S., and how our public health system is responding.

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