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California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency due to an outbreak of monkeypox, the Associated Press reports.
Declaring a state of emergency, the governor said, will help California coordinate responses to the outbreak, look for vaccines and educate people about where people can get treatment and vaccinations.
“We will continue to work with the federal government to provide more vaccines, raise awareness about risk reduction, and support the LGBTQ+ community in the fight against stigma,” the Governor said.
About 800 cases of monkeypox have been identified in California, while more than 5,000 cases have been confirmed in the US overall. California has received more than 61,000 doses of the vaccine and has already distributed more than 25,000 doses.
On July 30, a state of emergency over monkeypox was declared in the state of New York.
On July 23, the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak an international emergency, that is, “an extraordinary event that poses a risk to public health in other states as a result of the international spread of the disease.”
Monkeypox has been identified in more than 70 countries around the world. More than 22 thousand cases are known. At the end of July in Brazil and Spain reported about the first people to die of monkeypox outside of Africa.