New York Governor Kathy Hochul released a Executive Decree On Friday, in response to the growing outbreak of monekypox in the state, he said it was a “catastrophic emergency”.
“After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I am declaring a state disaster emergency to bolster our ongoing aggressive efforts to deal with this outbreak,” said the Governor Hochul. “More than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country are in New York State, and we must use every tool in our arsenal to respond. It’s especially important to recognize how this outbreak currently has a disproportionate impact on some That’s why my team and I are working around the clock to secure more vaccines, expand testing capacity, and responsibly educate the public on how to stay safe during this outbreak.
According Data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York has the highest number of reported cases of monkeypox.
There have been 1,383 reported cases of monkeypox in New York, according to status data and nearly 5,000 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionand the executive order will allow the state to respond more quickly to the monkeypox outbreak and enable healthcare workers to help vaccinate more New Yorkers.
Hochul’s statement came a day after monkeypox was deemed a “imminent threatto Public Health by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.
Commissioner Barrett said in a statement that this designation means “local health departments engaged in response and prevention activities will be able to access additional state reimbursement, once other federal and state funding sources will have been maximized”.
Monkeypox is mainly transmitted from person to person through physical and close contact. A fever, muscle aches, chills, headache and fatigue are some of the symptoms. Painful sores and rashes also develop on a person’s body.
In the United States, most cases have been reported among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and have been linked to male-to-male sexual contact. Although health officials have repeatedly stressed that the virus can affect anyone in close contact with people with monkeypox. According to the CDC, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children under age 8 may be at increased risk for serious consequences.
“Every American should pay attention to monkeypox,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters on Thursday. “Monkeypox is not COVID, but it is contagious. It is painful and can be dangerous.
The World Health Organization last week declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
ABC News’ Matt J. Foster and Meredith Deliso contributed to this report.