California, Illinois declare a state of emergency over monkeypox

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The governors of California and Illinois on Monday declared states of emergency in an effort to bolster their responses to the monkeypox outbreak.

California, the most populous state in the United States, had 827 cases of smallpox as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — second only to New York, which had 1,390 cases as of Monday and last week. Emergency. Illinois has registered 520 cases. The nationwide tally was more than 5,800.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom (DEM)’s announcement allows emergency medical personnel to administer the monkeypox vaccine, Newsom said in a statement, and pharmacists were recently allowed to do so. “It is critical to maximize the number of individuals who can administer vaccines as part of these outreach efforts,” he wrote in the emergency declaration. “Expanding the pool of qualified vaccinators will greatly assist current efforts and support the additional vaccination efforts expected when additional doses are received from the federal government.”

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (D) said in a statement Efforts to prevent the spread of the virus “require the full mobilization of all available public health resources.” He said he was declaring a state of emergency “to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding, treating and preventing monkeypox from spreading.”

With “limited supply” of vaccines from the federal government, California distributes vaccines to local health authorities “based on a formula that considers [the area’s] According to the advertisement. California has received more than 61,000 doses of the vaccine, according to Newsom’s office.

“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risks, and stand by the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma,” Newsom said. Outbreaks so far have been largely concentrated in men who have sex with men, although anyone can contract the virus. Advocates urged officials to avoid repeating the mistakes of the AIDS crisis, when the devastating effects of the virus on the LGBT community were minimized.

There are growing concerns about the federal supply of monkeypox vaccines. The US recently received hundreds of thousands of additional doses, but is not expected to receive another shipment until October at the earliest — with cases expected to continue doubling until then amid dwindling supplies of shots.

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In a sign that the Biden administration is ramping up its response to the outbreak, the White House is expected to name Robert J. Fenton Jr., an official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as the national monkeypox coordinator, along with the deputy coordinator, Demeter Daskalakis of the Center for Control. on diseases.

Most cases of monkeypox in California are concentrated in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Last week, San Francisco declared a public health emergency due to the outbreak. Mayor London Post, Democrat, said Thursday that monkeypox cases there had doubled to 261 in just one week. As of Monday, 310 cases have been reported in the city.

The Biden administration considered whether to declare the outbreak a public health emergency, with the World Health Organization last month classifying the rising cases worldwide as a “public health emergency of international concern” – the highest level of alert.

“In short, we have an outbreak that has spread across the world rapidly through new modes of transmission of which we understand very little,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement at the time.

Monkeypox is mainly spread through direct contact with rashes, scabs, or infectious body fluids. It can also be transmitted from respiratory secretions during face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex – although monkeypox is not considered a traditional sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis or gonorrhea.

Dan Diamond contributed to this report.

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