Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox

More than 4,600 cases of the virus have been reported in the U.S., with only 3 reported in Idaho residents

By: - July 28, 2022 12:38 pm
Monkeypox virus, illustration

At the center of each monkeypox virus is a core nucleoprotein (red) that contains the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) genome. This is surrounded by an outer membrane (blue) that displays surface tubules (green). This virus, which is found near rainforests in Central and West Africa, causes disease in humans and monkeys, although its natural hosts are rodents. It is capable of human-to-human transmission. In humans it causes fever, swollen glands and a rash of fluid-filled blisters. (Getty Images)

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.