On Monday, states of emergency were declared in California and Illinois over the spread of monkeypox, joining New York which declared a state of emergency on Friday.
5,811 cases of monkeypox have been detected across the United States, taking the total to more than 22,000 cases globally.
On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the emergency declaration would help protect his state from the virus through vaccinations and education.
In a statement, he commented: “California is working urgently to slow the spread of monkeypox at all levels of government, taking advantage of our robust testing, contact tracing and community participation strengthened during the pandemic to ensure Maybe those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and access.
“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about risk mitigation, and stand with the LGBTQ community fighting stigma.”
As a result of Newsom’s announcement, emergency medical services personnel have the right to state monkeypox vaccines, provided they are federally approved.
In addition to declaring a state of emergency, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared his state, which has recorded nearly 10 percent of U.S. monkeypox cases, as a disaster zone for the disease.
In a statement they said: “Monkeypox virus (MPV) is a rare, but potentially serious disease whose spread requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources.
“I am declaring a state of emergency to expand the resources and coordinate efforts of state agencies in the spread, treatment and prevention of MPV.
“We have seen this virus disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community in its initial spread.”
The emergency declaration would expand who can get the monkeypox vaccine and give the Illinois Department of Public Health more control over vaccine logistics.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, whose city has recorded more than half of Illinois’ cases, said it would not issue a separate emergency declaration because it is covered by the state-wide measure.
The first state to declare a state of emergency was New York on Friday, when Governor Cathy Hochul said: “After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I’d like to strengthen our aggressive ongoing efforts to combat it.” Declaring a state disaster emergency. Outbreak.
“More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to use every tool in our arsenal as a response.”
The first case of monkeypox was reported in 1970. Before this year’s outbreak it has been associated almost exclusively with Central and West Africa.
Victims usually experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever and muscle aches, while a swollen lump develops throughout or part of the body.
The disease is mainly spread through close physical contact, including during sex.
Thus far it has had an adverse effect on men who have sex with men (MSM) – although anyone can catch it – and this group is currently the priority for vaccines, says President Biden’s chief medical adviser. Decision supported by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Speaking to NPR, he said it was important to dispel any stigma about the disease, and warned that it poses a particular risk to pregnant women and children.
Separately, New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency over monkeypox, which he said will “strengthen our current efforts to educate, vaccinate, test, and treat as many New Yorkers as possible.”