In the spring and summer of 2022, monkeypox spread throughout the world, and had a prominent impact on the United States. The outbreak became so prevalent that the US Department of Health and Human Services declared monkeypox to be a national emergency in August. While transmission seems to have slowed during the last few months (likely due to the distribution of vaccines) there are serious issues for the US moving forward in terms of how the government reacts to outbreaks, particularly ones that predominantly impact marginalized communities.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 21, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Dalton, Sean, "The Monkeypox Problem" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 38.