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Since July, at least five children in the US have tested positive for monkeypox.
Four of the confirmed children are US citizens, two in California and two in Indiana. The latest case was an infant who was tested while traveling in Washington, D.C. but is not a U.S. resident, according to ABC 7.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that young children may be at increased risk of more severe cases of monkeypox if they become infected. The organization has set the cut-off 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 in the last week. Illinois and New York also made a move.
The U.S. has reported nearly 3,000 cases across the country so far, and President Joe Biden set up a monkeypox response team at the White House on Tuesday.
Robert Fenton, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will serve as acting White House. National Monkeypox Response Coordinator, and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as Deputy Coordinator.
“Fenton and Descalakis will lead the administration’s strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including a fair increase availability of tests vaccinations and treatment,” the White House said in a statement.
The monkeypox virus is spread through close skin contact with an infected person. The disease is most common among men who have sex with other men, but health officials say there is also a risk of transmission when sharing towels, sheets and other similar items.