California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency to fight monkey pox: NPR

California Governor Gavin Newsom answers questions at a news conference in Los Angeles on June 9, 2022. Newsom declared a state of emergency over monkey pox, becoming the second state in three days to make the move.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom answers questions at a news conference in Los Angeles on June 9, 2022. Newsom declared a state of emergency over monkey pox, becoming the second state in three days to make the move.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the state Monday over the current outbreak of monkeypox.

The warning was issued to help the state’s health department ramp up its vaccination, education and outreach efforts in response to the virus, Newsom said in a statement.

‚ÄúCalifornia is urgently working at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach. ,” Newsom said.

He continued: “We will continue to work with the federal government to obtain more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risks and assist the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma.”

The first California case of the current monkeypox outbreak was confirmed on May 25. The total number in the state is now 825, compared to 5,811 cases nationwide.

So far, California has administered 25,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine and has received about 61,000 doses, Newsom said.

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