Monkey pox has been declared an “imminent public health threat” in New York due to the continued and rapid spread of the disease, health officials announced Thursday.
The state leads the nation in confirmed cases, accounting for 1,247 of America’s 4,907 infections — with nearly all of the cases in and around New York. State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said the declaration would “free up” additional funding to help prevent the spread of the disease.
It came on the same day San Francisco officials announced they would declare a “local state of emergency” over monkeypox as the number of cases reached 241. No statewide alert has yet been issued, though the Biden administration is considering the move.
According to a survey of 1,500 adults by the Annenberg Public Policy Center in Pennsylvania, a total of one in five Americans are now concerned that they may contract monkeypox, as public concern about the disease spreading to the wider population grows.
The map above shows the number of cases of monkeypox reported in the US to the CDC
The chart above shows the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed in the United States. This week, the number rose by more than 1,000 in 24 hours, which officials said was due to “historic” cases finally being recorded.
“Every American should be on the lookout for monkeypox,” says health chief
Every American should ‘watch out’ for monkeypox outbreak because the disease could spread to more groups than just gays, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned Thursday, before US cases topped 4,900, the highest number. in the world.
Dr. Xavier Becerra, the HHS secretary, issued a stark warning during a press conference, adding that infections with the disease are “painful” and can also be dangerous. He insisted that it was “absolutely” still possible for the US to eliminate monkeypox.
The vast majority of cases are still among gay or bisexual men, but last week America reported its first two cases in children — a toddler in California and an infant traveling through Washington DC — and a pregnant woman who tested positive when she was nearly full. period.
Top experts have been warning for weeks that other groups could become infected with the disease because transmission does not require sexual contact, but only close contact, such as hugging or cleaning the rash of an infected person.
In a statement Thursday, Bassett said, “Based on the continued spread of this virus, which has increased rapidly and primarily affects [gay or bisexual male] communities… I have declared monkeypox an imminent public health threat throughout New York State.
“This declaration means that local health departments … will have access to additional state reimbursements after other federal-state funding sources are maximized.
‘[This will held] to protect all New Yorkers and ultimately limit the spread of monkeypox in our communities.”
Fears of monkeypox grew after the number of cases rose by more than 1,000 in a day on Wednesday – with officials predicting the rise will continue for “weeks”.
About 99 percent of infections were found in men, with the “vast majority” among gay or bisexual men.
But top experts fear that the disease will spread to more vulnerable groups. In the past seven days, America has reported its first two cases in children – a toddler in California and an infant in Washington DC – and one in a pregnant woman.
Announcing plans to declare a monkeypox emergency this week, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said “timely action” was needed to “protect public health.”
“A lot of people in our LGBTQ+ community are scared and frustrated,” she said.
“This local emergency will allow us to continue to support our most vulnerable people while better preparing for what’s to come.”
Bay Area City Health Director Dr Grant Colfax said the COVID-19 pandemic has taught them that early action is needed to contain the disease.
Their declaration will take effect on August 1.
The Biden administration is expected to declare monkeypox a public health emergency in the coming days, Politico reports.
It would follow a similar decision made last week by the World Health Organization after previously avoiding the move.
When it was declared, the White House said it was a “call to action” for countries to begin “stopping” the spread of the virus around the world.
Both cities struggled to get enough doses of the vaccine to protect citizens from the disease.
New York City offers the sting to any gay or bisexual man who has multiple sexual partners in a fortnight, while San Francisco offers it to “anyone who wants it.”
New York received an additional 110,000 doses yesterday, with 80,000 earmarked for New York City, on top of the 60,000 already rolled out across the state.
However, San Francisco was only offered 4,220 of the 35,000 it originally requested.
Roll outs have previously been criticized for their slow pace and how “ridiculous” it is that there are so few punches available in such large cities.
America has the most confirmed cases of monkeypox in the world. But when the data is taken per capita – a more accurate measure because it takes into account countries with different population sizes – it turns out that Spain has the worst outbreak
It follows a survey that warned fears of monkeypox among Americans were growing amid a spiral of cases.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center, part of the University of Pennsylvania, interviewed 1,500 Americans two weeks ago about whether they were worried about contracting Covid or monkeypox.
It found that 19 percent said they feared contracting monkeypox. A larger proportion – 30 percent – said they were still worried about contracting Covid.
Most of the people interviewed said that they were not afraid of contracting any of the diseases.
Director of the center Kathleen Jamieson said: ‘It is important that the public weigh their concerns against the reality of the risk of Covid and monkeypox and act appropriately.’