New York, San Francisco: Monkeypox threatens public health

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Health officials in New York and California are sounding the alarm about the spread of the monkeypox virus, claiming a threat to public health.

In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said the city declare a local public health emergency which will come into effect on August 1st.

“This virus is affecting everyone but there are serious cases in our LGBTQ community and we need action, we need more vaccines,” she tweeted.

In a blog post, the mayor also said the city’s Hispanic community accounts for 30% of its cases, “although Hispanics make up just 15% [its] Population.”

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“The most urgent need right now is for more vaccines. federal government distributes vaccine The state health departments and then the California Department of Public Health allocate them to counties such as San Francisco. We cannot control the amount of vaccine we receive,” she said. “San Francisco needs more support and we need more action. That is why we are declaring a local emergency.”

The emergency order takes effect Monday and must be approved by the supervisory board within a week.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at a briefing outside San Francisco City Hall on December 12.  1, 2021.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at a briefing outside San Francisco City Hall on December 12. 1, 2021.
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According to NBC Bay Area, San Francisco now has over 280 confirmed cases.

Health officials expect that number to rise in the coming weeks.

The move comes as the Biden administration is considering declaring a public health emergency over monkeypox in the coming days.

There are now more than 4,900 confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

California accounts for nearly 800 of those cases, but New York has more than 1,200.

The monkeypox vaccine was shown at the Salt Lake County Department of Health on Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City.

The monkeypox vaccine was shown at the Salt Lake County Department of Health on Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Empire State Health Commissioner Thursday declared monkeypox “an imminent threat public health.”

“Based on the continued spread of this virus, which has grown rapidly to primarily affect communities that self-identify as men who have sex with men, and the need for local jurisdictions to introduce vaccines, I have declared monkeypox an immediate global public health threat. . State of New York, State Health Commissioner Dr. This is stated in a statement by Mary T. Bassett. “This declaration means that local health departments involved in response and prevention activities will be able to access additional state reimbursements after other federal and state funding sources are fully deployed to protect all New Yorkers and, in ultimately limit the spread of monkeypox in our communities.”

New York Gov. Katie Hochul said Thursday that 110,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine have been secured for the state, to be delivered over the next four to six weeks.

Gov. Kathy Hochul holds a press conference and an abortion rights announcement at the office at 633 3rd Avenue.

Gov. Kathy Hochul holds a press conference and an abortion rights announcement at the office at 633 3rd Avenue.
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“With over a quarter of all cases in the US, New Yorkers, and especially our LGBTQ+ community, remain among the hardest hit,” the Governor added. “We will continue to stand up to the federal government for our fair share of vaccines based on the burden of the disease hitting New York.”

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced on Thursday that an additional 786,000 doses of the vaccine will be rolled out across the country.

“Our goal is to get ahead of this virus and end this outbreak. We have a strategy in place to roll out these additional vaccine doses in a way that protects those at risk and limits the spread of the virus, and work with states to ensure a fair and equitable distribution,” he said. “These vaccines are the result of years of federal investment and planning.”

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By phone, Becerra told reporters the same day that the Biden administration believes it has “done everything federally possible to work with … state and local partners and affected communities to make sure we can get ahead of this and end this outbreak.” .

Louis Casiano of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.