Florida Governor DeSantis on emergency declarations for monkeypox: “We are not inflicting terror.”

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! At a media briefing on Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to recent responses to the monkeypox virus epidemic by assuring reporters that his state is “not doing fear.”

Florida would instead “focus on facts,” according to the Republican governor, during a press conference.

He declared, “I am so tired of politicians, and we saw this with COVID trying to instill terror among the populace. Mothers who were concerned that their children would contract it at school called us.

DeSantis continued, “We are not doing fear. And we won’t go out and try to incite people or make it seem like people can’t live their lives as they normally do for whatever reason.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on Aug. 18, 2021.

On August 18, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talks during a press conference in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Getty Images/Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

He asserted that state governors would abuse their authority to “restrict your freedom” if their states had declared public health emergency.
That’s what will happen, he assured them. “With COVID, we saw it so frequently.”

Democratic governors from New York, California, and Illinois, respectively, Kathy Hochul, Gavin Newsom, and J.B. Pritzker, have all proclaimed states of emergency due to the outbreak of monkeypox.

There are 1,666 cases in the United States right now, all in New York.

People wait to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Manhattan on July 26, 2022.

On July 26, 2022, attendees wait in line to get the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination facility in Manhattan. (Image via Getty Images of Liao Pan/China News Service)

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 6 617 confirmed cases of orthopoxvirus and 525 cases of monkeypox documented in Florida.

This photograph taken on March 5, 2021, shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 5, 2021, a snapshot was taken of the World Health Organization (WHO) sign outside of their Geneva offices during a coronavirus outbreak. Getty Images/FABRICE COFFRINI )

As the virus spreads to dozens of nations where cases are unusual, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox a global health emergency.

Anybody can contract monkeypox through close, direct, and frequently skin-to-skin contact, including coming into contact with things or surfaces that have been touched by someone who has the disease.

Through the placenta, a pregnant individual can transmit the virus to their unborn child.
Fox News Digital correspondent Julia Musto is. She has the handle @JuliaElenaMusto on Twitter.

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