California, Illinois joins New York on monkeypox emergency: NPR

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency in Illinois on Monday to help respond to the monkeypox outbreak.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency in Illinois on Monday to help respond to the monkeypox outbreak.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency in their states on Monday over monkey pox outbreaks.

“[Monkeypox] is a rare, but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent its spread,” Pritzker said in a statement. “Therefore, I declare a state of emergency to ensure smooth coordination between government agencies and all levels of government , increasing our ability to rapidly prevent and treat the disease.”

Declaring a state of emergency often aids logistics and coordination between departments working to respond to the emergency. In this case, it means spending more resources on testing opportunities and vaccinations, including who can administer them, and accessing funds earmarked for emergencies.

The California 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.

“California 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.”

With these statements, California and Illinois join New York in addressing these outbreaks at the state level.

A total of 5,811 cases of monkeypox have been recorded nationwide, with 1,390 of those cases in New York, another 827 in California and 520 in Illinois.

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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