Federal health officials are increasingly looking at monkeypox as a long-term challenge that may periodically create short-term crises.

The number of monkeypox cases is not increasing exponentially and appears large confined to limited, defined communities and may eventually spread more like a sexually transmitted disease than a pandemic-style threat.  In addition, as time passes more at-risk individuals are likely to receive vaccines to gain protection against the infection.  Meanwhile, efforts continue to find more effective ways to treat the disease.  Monkeypox has long been common in some countries and its presence in the U.S. suggests that it is likely to be so here as well.

Lean more about a monkeypox and how the federal response to it is evolving in the Roll Call article “Monkeypox response looks to long term.”