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New York City declares public health emergency over monkeypox


New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Monday after Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency last week as the mayor claimed that the epidemic “continues to grow” in the city.

“As the monkeypox epidemic continues to grow in New York City and across the country, today I issue an Emergency Executive Order declaring a local state of emergency,” Adams said in a statement Monday, explaining that the city now has more than 1,200 cases, comprising “about 25% of cases nationwide.”

The numbers, he added, continue to rise.

“This order will enhance our existing efforts to educate, vaccinate, test and treat as many New Yorkers as possible and ensure a whole-of-government response to this outbreak. In partnership with federal, state and local authorities, we will continue to respond with the urgency required to keep people safe, and this order is another tool to help us do that,” he said.

NEW YORK CITY, USA – JULY 14: People line up for monkeypox vaccination after monkeypox dating website crashed in New York City due to overwhelming traffic, local sources said Thursday, July 14. Local authorities have announced that the number of cases is increasing across the country, including in New York. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

His announcement follows action by Governor Hochul on Friday declaring a state disaster emergency over monkeypox.

“This executive order allows us to respond more quickly and enables healthcare professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated,” Hochul said, adding that “more than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country is in New York”. , currently having a disproportionate impact on at-risk groups.

“We are working around the clock to secure more vaccines, expand testing capacity and educate New Yorkers on how to stay safe,” she added:

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said most cases are spread through sexual contact – primarily among men who have sex with men.

“With more than a quarter of all cases in the United States, New Yorkers, and especially our LGBTQ+ community, remain among the hardest hit,” Hochul said in a statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has 5,189 confirmed cases of the disease, most of which are in New York and California. Similarly, the city of San Francisco has also declared a public health emergency over the monkeypox outbreak.

A recent A survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that the vast majority of Americans, 81% are “not too worried” or “not at all worried” about getting monkeypox, but due to the increase in cases, the World Health Organization (WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urges gay people to reduce their number of sexual partners.



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