California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a monkeypox emergency on Monday in a move aimed at boosting vaccination efforts to slow the spread of an outbreak that has infected more than 5,800 Americans.
California, the nation’s most populous state, has confirmed 827 monkeypox cases as of Monday, the second most in the state behind the 1,390 infections recorded in New York, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first case of monkeypox in the United States was confirmed in Massachusetts on May 20, and the first case in California, in a person who had traveled abroad, was confirmed five days later.
Spread by close physical contact, monkeypox tends to cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions, although it is rarely fatal.
Newsom’s statement came nine days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency, the agency’s highest alert level, over the rapidly spreading viral disease.
About 70 countries where monkeypox is not already considered endemic have reported outbreaks, with global cases exceeding 22,100, according to a Reuters tally published on Monday.
A July 22 WHO report says only five deaths from monkeypox have been reported worldwide, all in Africa.
To increase vaccination against the disease, California’s declaration allows emergency medical personnel to administer federally approved vaccines, similar to the recently enacted statutory authorization for pharmacists to administer vaccines.
The state’s monkeypox response builds on plans developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor’s office said in a statement announcing the announcement.
Last month, California public health leaders urged the federal government to make more vaccine doses available to the state as soon as possible, and 25,000 have been administered so far in California.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a monkeypox emergency last week in her state, which accounts for one in four U.S. cases so far.
California governor declares monkeypox emergency – SABC News
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