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Monkeypox survivor describes 'hysteria' | USA TODAY

“When I got there, there was a sense of panic or hysteria.” A New York City man described his encounter at a local hospital after he began showing symptoms of monkeypox.

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The monkeypox outbreak, first spotted in Europe in late April, has now reached 75 countries, the vast majority of which have never had significant caseloads before. The U.S. now has had the most people infected, with more than 3,500 of the world’s 17,000 diagnoses. Spain, with the next-highest case load of more than 3,100, has one-seventh of our population. New York City, with more than 1,000 cases, sits at the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

On Friday, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” joining COVID-19 and polio in that designation. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, described the decision in a Tuesday briefing as “a call to action to the world community to stop the spread of this virus.”

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