States of Emergency for San Fran, New York, and Illinois: Monkeypox Update

States of Emergency for San Fran, New York, and Illinois: Monkeypox Update ...

The monkeypox epidemic has risen in recent months, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring it a public health emergency in the United States. Additionally, this week two major cities (San Francisco and New York City) and two states (New York and Illinois) declared public health emergencies. The announcements will strengthen cities' capacities to prepare for, and respond to, rapid growing cases of monkeypox.

San Francisco became the first city in the United States to issue a public health emergency for monkeypox on July 28. The announcement was made by London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, along with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).

COVID-19 demonstrated that early intervention is critical for public health, said Breed. We know that this virus impacts everyone equally, but we also know that those in our LGBTQ community are at greater danger right now. This local emergency will allow us to continue to support our most at-risk populations while also better preparing for what comes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on July 29, 799 cases were reported in California, including over 5,100 cases in the United States.

Monday, August 1, health officials in New York City declared monkeypox a public health emergency, with the governor declaring a State Disaster Emergency on the same day. Mayor Eric Adams followed suit for the city on Monday, August 1.

Adams and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD, declared a public health emergency owing to the monkeypox epidemic:

monkeypox is being declared a public health emergency in New York City today. Over the previous few weeks, we have worked as swiftly as possible to increase outreach and access to vaccinations and treatment to keep people safe. This declaration, which is effective immediately, will allow DOHMH to issue emergency commissioners orders under the New York City Health Code and amend provisions of the Health Code to help slow the spread of the virus.

Both nationally and internationally, this declaration of a public health emergency requires urgency, action, and resources. This statement demonstrates the urgency of the time.

Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN that it is a serious issue.

The White House is forming a position for a monkeypox coordinator. Fauci explained that the coordinator would focus on several different areas, including testing for the virus. Monkeypox testing has increased from a capacity of 6,000 to 80,000 tests per week. They will also coordinate the administration of therapies.

Another goal of the coordinator position will be to provide equal vaccination distribution to two groups of individuals: those who have been exposed and those who are at risk of exposure. Fauci believes that the whole population should be vaccinated, and emphasized that there must be a balance between vaccines available to those who have clearly been exposed and those who are at risk.

Fauci added: "We are doing well, but we have to do much better."

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