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Monkey pox: New York declares state of emergency amid rapidly rising cases

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While Europe is particularly affected by the monkeypox epidemic according to the WHO, the Ethe United States still recorded 5,189 cases last Friday. L’ENew York State and the City of San Francisco deemed the outbreak an imminent threat to public health, declaring local states of emergency. With this announcement, the governor hopes to increase the availability of vaccines in the territory.

Last week, the WHO declared the highest level of alert – worldwide – due to the rapid increase in cases of monkeypox. There are also more localized concerns, particularly in the United States, where 5,189 cases were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 29, 2022. On the same day, New York State and the city of San Francisco then decided to declare a state of emergency.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in an official statement that the alert will last until August 28. To date, New York has 1,345 cases of monkeypox, making it the hardest-hit state in the country. The epidemic has not stopped progressing in the city, since New York had 639 confirmed cases on July 19, to finally more than double in 10 days.

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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. “, said Hochul on Twitter last Friday. Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner of Health, added in a statement that with this decision, ” local health departments will be able to access additional state reimbursements to protect all New Yorkers and limit the spread of monkeypox within communities “.

Initially, the state would have received more than 60,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine for smallpox prevention, but these will also be used against monkeypox. However, the demand for vaccines remains very strong, especially within the homosexual and bisexual community, which accounts for 98% of cases of monkeypox in the world according to a recent study on the subject. The city of Manhattan, for example, would have obtained only 10% of the doses, while it concentrates 30% of the infections.

Le Monde reported last week that the gay community in New York was mobilizing en masse in the face of the outbreak of monkeypox cases. Because stigma and discrimination are dangerous, the city’s health department clarifies that ” anyone can get and transmit monkeypox “. However, ” if you are a man who has sex with men and have multiple or anonymous sex partners, your likelihood of exposure is high “, warns the website of the city.

Globally, more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported since the beginning of May, in 78 countries. The director of the WHO had specified that 70% of the cases were concentrated in Europe and 25% in the Americas.

Global incidence of the monkeypox epidemic: the larger the circle, the greater the number of cases. © Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On an even more local scale, San Francisco became the first major US city to trigger the health emergency, which takes effect today. 261 cases of monkeypox were reported in the Californian city last Wednesday.

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