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New York City Declares Monkeypox A Public Health Emergency

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NEW YORK -- Government Officials in New York City declared a public health emergency because of the spreading of the monkeypox virus.

The announcement by mayor Eric Adams and health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan on Saturday indicated that more than 150,000 residents are susceptible to infection. 

The declaration allows health authorities to make emergency orders under the city's health code and to amend the code to take measures to reduce the spread.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state emergency for disasters in the past two days. The state's health division described monkeypox as an "imminent threat to health for the general public."

New York had recorded 1,345 cases by Friday, per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California was second in patients, with 799 points.

"We are continuing to collaborate alongside our Federal partners in order to obtain more doses when they are accessible," Adams and Vasan declared in the announcement. 

"This crisis must be dealt with promptly, with action and resources, both locally and internationally, and this declaration of an emergency in public health reflects the severity of the situation."

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox as a health emergency worldwide on the 23rd of July, 

And San Francisco's mayor announced a state of emergency in response to the increasing instances.

So far, more than 22,000 monkeypox-related cases have been reported across nearly 80 countries since May, with around 75 suspected deaths reported in Africa, the majority of them located in Nigeria and Congo.