New York City declared monkeypox a health emergency

New York City officials declared a public health emergency on Saturday due to the spread of the monkeypox virus. The city is also call the epicenter of the outbreak.

Mayor Eric Adams and Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said in a statement that the city’s 150,000 residents are at risk of infection. The declaration allows officials to issue emergency orders and implement preventive measures to slow the spread of disease under the city’s health code.

“We will continue to work with federal partners to secure vaccines,” Adams and Vasan said in a statement.

“With this urgency, action and resources must be match nationally and globally. This statement reflects the severity of the public health emergency at this time.”

Two days ago, New York Governor Kathy Hochul declare a state disaster emergency. The state health department say monkeypox could pose a threat to public health.

New York City has recorded 1,345 cases

As of Friday, New York had record 1,345 cases . By according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has the second most with 799.

On July 23, the WHO declared monkeypox a global health emergency. The mayor of San Francisco also declared a state of emergency last Thursday due to the increasing number of infections.

Monkeypox has been endemic in central and western Africa for decades. However, the European authorities Dozens of other epidemics raging in North America and elsewhere were not known until May to have spread widely across continents or people.

Since May, there have been more than 22,000 cases of monkeypox in nearly 80 countries. Monkey pox has kill about 75 people in Africa, mostly from Nigeria and Congo. Brazil and Spain were the first to report monkeypox deaths outside Africa last Friday. A second monkeypox death was report in Spain on Saturday.

In addition to skin contact, bedding, The virus can also be spread by sharing towels and clothing. In Europe and North America, health officials stress that any gay man can contract the virus.

The type of monkeypox virus found in current outbreaks of rabies is less lethal. Usually, patients who receive a massage will recover within weeks. However, they suffer from sores and blisters caused by viruses. The virus is more dangerous for vulnerable people such as immunocompromised or pregnant women.

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