As the outbreak of monkeypox continues around the world, cases are increasing across US states — three governors declared a state of emergency last week.
Confirmed cases of monkeypox now exceed 23,600 worldwide, according to figures released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak, first detected in Europe in late April, has reached 80 countries – the vast majority in countries that previously did not have a large number of rare viral infections.
The World Health Organization said monkeypox was a global health emergency late last month.
The United States has reported more than 5,800 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Populous states lead the numbers — with 1,390 cases in New York, followed by 827 in California.
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Countries declare a state of emergency over monkeypox
on Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared the outbreak a public health emergency. Declaring an emergency expands resources such as vaccine distribution.
“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccinations, raise awareness about risk reduction, and stand with the LGBT community in the fight against stigma,” Newsom said in a statement Monday.
Friday, Gov. Cathy Hochhol also announced New YorkIt erupted as a disaster emergency situation.
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An American public health emergency?
On Monday, White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said that 1.1 million doses of monkeypox vaccine have been distributed across the country, including 737,000 doses over the past few days.
When asked if President Joe Biden plans to declare a nationwide public health emergency, Jean-Pierre said the decision rests with Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra.
But, she said, “we are considering every policy option to help end this outbreak.” “This is urgent, and it is important to us.”
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Monkeypox does not usually cause serious illness – however, it can lead to hospitalization or death. The virus spreads through close physical contact. The current outbreak affects some residents more than others, particularly men who have sex with men, but health officials stress that the virus can infect anyone.
Monkeypox cases by state
This is where confirmed cases across US states and territories stand, according to CDC numbers from Monday, August 1.
District of Columbia: 243
Montana: There are no confirmed cases reported by the CDC yet.
New Hampshire: 12
New Jersey: 155
New Mexico: 10
New York: 1390
North Carolina: 60
North Dakota: 1
Puerto Rico: 19
Rhode Island: 23
South Carolina: 21
South Dakota: 1
West Virginia: 3
Wyoming: There are no confirmed cases reported by the CDC yet.
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Contribute: Michael Collins, Karen Weintraub, USA Today. Associated Press.