Hochul declares New York a “disaster emergency” over monkeypox.

Gov. Kathy Hochul issued an executive order Friday night declaring the spread of monkeypox a “disaster emergency” as 1,400 cases of the viral disease were recorded nationwide.

The vast majority of cases — 1,289 — have occurred in New York City, according to health officials, who warn many more cases are likely to go undiagnosed.

Hochul’s decree said local authorities “were unable to respond adequately” as she ordered Albany to intervene and promote vaccination and preventive education efforts.

“Having reviewed the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in upstate New York, I am declaring a state of emergency of emergency to enhance our aggressive ongoing efforts to control this outbreak,” Hochul wrote in a release.

3D generated image of a DNA spiral being attacked by the monkeypox virus.
A total of 1,000 cases of the monkeypox virus have been registered in New York.
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monkeypox blood tests
The fast-spreading virus is transmitted through bodily fluids or close physical contact.
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“More than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country occurs in upstate New York, and we must use every tool in our arsenal when responding.”

New York had recorded 1,383 cases of the virus, which causes patients to develop a flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes before developing a rash on the face and body.

Gay and bisexual men who “have multiple or anonymous sex partners are at high risk,” city officials warned.

Orthopoxvirus/monkeypox is transmitted through bodily fluids or close physical contact with a patient’s pus-filled lesions and is far less contagious than COVID-19. The strain of the virus that is currently spreading has a 1% mortality rate and symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. Hochul declares New York a “disaster emergency” over monkeypox.


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