People wait online to register for a monkeypox vaccination on July 29, 2022 in New York City.
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Friday night due to the ongoing spread of monkey pox.
She said the emergency declaration would lead to a faster response and better distribution of vaccinations. It came a day after the state declared monkeypox an immediate public health threat in New York.
“I am declaring a state of emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to cope with the monkeypox outbreak,” Hochul tweeted Friday.
Hochul indicated that New York is an emerging hub for the virus, which manifests itself in symptoms of rashes and lesions all over the body, limbs and genitals.
“More than one in four cases of monkey pox in this country are in New York,” she wrote, “which currently has a disproportionate impact on at-risk groups.”
The virus, spread through physical contact, can develop flu-like symptoms and the first effects can last up to four weeks.
“We’re working around the clock to secure more vaccines, expand testing capacity and teach New Yorkers how to stay safe,” Hochul said.