NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Over 1,200 people in the city, or 25% of all cases countrywide, have been afflicted by the monkeypox outbreak, which led New York City Mayor Eric Adams to announce a state of emergency on Monday.
Adams said his order will support the city’s initiatives “to inform, immunize, screen, and treat as many New Yorkers as feasible and ensure a whole-of-government response to this outbreak.”
On January 24, 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams gives a speech during a press conference held at City Hall. Brendan McDermid/REUTERS
Adams will be able to impose new health regulations and suspend local laws due to the state of emergency.
Monkeypox has already resulted in the state of New York declaring a disaster emergency, and the state health department has deemed the disease to be a “imminent threat to public health.”
According to Ashwin Vasan, the health commissioner for New York City, up to 150,000 citizens may be at danger for infection.
Monkeypox was deemed a worldwide health emergency by the World Health Organization on July 23, and the mayor of San Francisco issued a state of emergency on Thursday due to the rising number of cases.
The formerly uncommon illness has been widespread in some areas of central and western Africa for decades, but until May, when authorities discovered dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America, and other places, it was not known to cause significant outbreaks outside of the continent or to spread rapidly among people.
This artwork from May 23, 2022 shows tubes labeled “Monkeypox Virus” with both positive and bad outcomes. (REUTERS; illustration by Dado Ruvic)
Since May, roughly 80 nations have reported more than 22,000 cases of monkeypox, with approximately 75 probable fatalities in Africa, predominantly in Nigeria and the Congo. The first cases of monkeypox-related mortality outside of Africa were reported on Friday in Brazil and Spain. A second monkeypox death was reported in Spain on Saturday.
Sharing clothing, blankets, and towels can also spread the virus as does prolonged, close skin-to-skin contact. Although health officials stress that the virus may infect anyone, males who have sex with men have been the main group in Europe and North America where it has spread.
The monkeypox virus type found in this outbreak seldom causes death, and patients often recover in a matter of weeks. However, the virus-induced sores and blisters are uncomfortable.
This report was made possible by the Associated Press.
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