Becker's Healthcare February 3, 2023
Mariah Taylor

The highly infectious mpox virus, formerly called monkeypox, was declared a public health emergency in August and ended Jan. 31 thanks to an aggressive, highly coordinated public response, ABC News reported Feb. 2.

In August, more than 450 people tested positive every day, with more than 30,000 cases and 28 deaths. The disease was primarily spread by skin-to-skin contact among sexual networks and was on track to become the next pandemic, according to the report. The public health emergency ended Jan. 31.

“Mpox is a success story of conquering an outbreak,” Peter Chin-Hong, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, told ABC.

Experts attribute the following to ending the outbreak:


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