World: NYC Mayor Eric Adams declares state of emergency over monkeypox

WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency

  WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency The World Health Organisation has declared the monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries a global emergency.The WHO’s declaration on Saturday could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday declared a state of emergency over the monkeypox outbreak that has now infected more than 1,200 people in the city, representing a quarter of all cases nationwide.

Adams said his order will bolster the city’s efforts "to educate, vaccinate, test, and treat as many New Yorkers as possible and ensure a whole-of-government response to this outbreak."

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York City, U.S., January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid © REUTERS/Brendan McDermid New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York City, U.S., January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Adams' state of emergency will allow him to suspend local laws and implement new health rules.

Here’s Why We Should Stop Calling It ‘Monkeypox’

  Here’s Why We Should Stop Calling It ‘Monkeypox’ There have been many things wrong with America’s failed efforts to stop the monkeypox epidemic from spreading. Vaccine stockpiles weren’t released, red tape has held up production, distribution has been haphazard, treatments have been nearly impossible to come by (again due to government red tape), and doctors have not been given adequate information, leading many patients to be turned away or misdiagnosed. In short, it’s been an eerily familiar mess. But there’s one part of this fiasco that hasn’t been as widely reported: We’re not even calling the virus by the right name.It’s not monkeypox. It’s orthopox. And here’s why it matters.1. It’s wrong.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has already declared a state disaster emergency over monkeypox, and the state health department has called monkeypox an "imminent threat to public health."

NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO: MONKEYPOX THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH

New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said as many as 150,000 city residents could be at risk of infection.

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency on July 23 and San Francisco's mayor on Thursday announced a state of emergency over the growing number of cases.

The once-rare disease has been established in parts of central and western Africa for decades but was not known to spark large outbreaks beyond the continent or to spread widely among people until May, when authorities detected dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

America Should Have Been Able to Handle Monkeypox

  America Should Have Been Able to Handle Monkeypox Has COVID taught us nothing?

To date, there have been more than 22,000 monkeypox cases reported in nearly 80 countries since May, with about 75 suspected deaths in Africa, mostly in Nigeria and Congo. On Friday, Brazil and Spain reported deaths linked to monkeypox, the first reported outside Africa. Spain reported a second monkeypox death Saturday.

The virus spreads through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact as well as sharing bedding, towels and clothing. In Europe and North America, it has spread primarily among men who have sex with men, though health officials emphasize that the virus can infect anyone.

The type of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak is rarely fatal, and people usually recover within weeks. But the lesions and blisters caused by the virus are painful.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Monkeypox vaccines have arrived in Victoria. Here's how the rollout will work .
The first 3,500 doses will be available to Victorians most at risk of contracting the virus, which has spread to more than 70 countries and infected about 26,000 people around the world.Unlike COVID-19 jabs, uptake of the monkeypox vaccine is not being widely encouraged, but rather directed at particular groups who are at high risk of contracting the virus.

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