As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread around the world, cases in US states are on the rise – with three governors declaring states of emergency last week.
Confirmed cases of monkeypox have now topped 25,300 worldwide, according to Tuesday numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The epidemic, first spotted in Europe at the end of Aprilhas reached 83 countries – the vast majority in countries that had not previously had significant cases of the rare viral infection.
The World Health Organization has declared that monkeypox was a global health emergency late last month.
The United States had reported more than 6,300 confirmed cases starting Tuesday, according to the CDC. Highly populated states lead the numbers – with 1,617 confirmed cases in New York, followed by 826 confirmed cases in California.
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States declare monkeypox emergency
On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announcement a state of emergency, and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has declared the outbreak a public health emergency. Declaring an emergency increases resources such as the distribution of vaccines.
“We will continue to work with the federal government to get more vaccines, raise awareness about harm reduction, and support the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma,” Newsom said in a statement Monday.
On Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul also said New York‘s epidemic like a state disaster emergency.
Public health emergency in the United States?
On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said 1.1 million doses of monkeypox vaccine have been distributed across the country, including 737,000 doses in the past few days. .
When asked if President Joe Biden plans to declare a nationwide public health emergency, Jean-Pierre said the decision is up to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.
But “we are considering all policy options to help end this outbreak,” she said. “It’s urgent, and it’s important to us.”
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Monkeypox does not usually cause serious illness, but it can lead to hospitalization or death. The virus is transmitted through close physical contact. The current outbreak is affecting some populations more than others, including men who have sex with men, but health officials stress that the virus can infect anyone.
Monkeypox cases by state
Here’s where the confirmed cases stand in US states and territories, according to CDC numbers from Tuesday 2 August.
District of Colombia: 248
Montana: No confirmed cases reported by the CDC at this time.
New Hampshire: 13
New Jersey: 155
New Mexico: ten
New York: 1617
North Carolina: 69
North Dakota: 1
Porto Rico: 19
Rhode Island: 24
Caroline from the south: 23
South Dakota: 1
West Virginia: 3
Wyoming: No confirmed cases reported by the CDC at this time.
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contributor: Michael Collins, Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY. The Associated Press.