On Friday July 29, the New York State Governor Kathy Hochulannounced the start of the state of emergency in front of the increase in the number of cases of monkeypox. She explained that this state of emergency would be in effect until August 28.
In a post on Twitter, Hochul indicated that this executive order will allow managers to react more quickly to the situation. Health professionals will also be able to take additional measures to be able to vaccinate more residents.
With this state of emergency, the Governor hopes to be able to increase the availability of vaccines.
The situation in New York State
According to the executive order announced by the Governor, 1,383 cases monkeypox were reported as of July 29, 2022 in New York State. The website of CDC or Center for Disease Control and Prevention gives somewhat different figures with 1,345 casesbut what is certain is that the disease is spreading.
During this state of emergency, residents of the state will be able to receive updates about the disease on the website of the health department in charge of monkeypox. On the site, you can also have information on symptoms and treatments.
According to the site, the disease is manifested by Rashes, bumps or blisters on any part of the body. Apart from this, an infected person may also feel fatigue and flu-like symptoms.
Monkeypox virus can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person, but also through respiratory droplets and shared surfaces.
The situation in the world
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus to be a global health emergency. According to the CDC, there are currently 22,485 confirmed cases worldwide. Of these cases, 22,141 were reported in countries that do not usually record cases of monkeypox.
At the moment, many questions remain unanswered regarding this spread of monkeypox. If the situation continues to evolve in this way, other leaders may soon take steps similar to those taken in New York State.