California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in connection with the spread of monkeypox. The decision was made to support efforts to vaccinate risk groups and treat the sick, he wrote on Twitter on the evening of Monday, August 1. Thus, California became the second US state in the last three days to declare a state of emergency due to monkeypox.
The Governor said the declaration of a state of emergency will help coordinate nationwide responses to the spread of the disease, develop more vaccines and educate about treatment and vaccination, and reducing the risk of infection. In addition, Newsom, in his statement, spoke in support of the LGBT community “in the fight against stigmatization.”
The announcement by the governor of California, the largest US state by population, followed a similar decision by New York State on July 30, as well as by the San Francisco authorities on July 28. California has already received more than 61,000 doses of the vaccine and has vaccinated more than 25,000 people.
WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency
The US is the country with the highest number of reported cases monkeypox. On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an outbreak of monkeypox global public health emergency. By that time, more than 16,000 cases were known in 75 countries. Most infections have been identified in Europe and America.
Most often men get infectedengaged in same-sex sex, scientists from Queen Mary University of London found out. The researchers stressed that smallpox is not a sexually transmitted infection in the traditional sense and can be contracted through any close physical contact. “However, our work shows that the majority of transmissions so far have been associated with sexual activity, primarily, but not exclusively, among men who have sex with men,” study leader John Thornhill said.