New York on Thursday declared the monkeypox virus an imminent threat to public health and announced a sharp increase in the supply of the vaccine used to combat its spread.
Governor Kathy Hochul said 80,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine are going to New York and another 30,000 to the rest of the state, courtesy of the federal government.
Hard-to-find vaccine doses will be distributed over the next four to six weeks.
The announcement came as state health commissioner Mary Bassett announced that she had declared the outbreak an imminent threat to public health. The designation allows local health departments battling the virus to access additional funds for reimbursement once other state and federal funding sources dry up. The move also reflects growing concern among public health officials about the spread of the disease, particularly in New York City.
A combined 1,251 people had tested positive for monkeypox across the five boroughs as of Thursday, the city’s health department said on Thursday. Twitter. Statewide, there have been 1,341 confirmed cases, according to the state health department. Nationwide, some 4,900 cases have been reported, although many public health officials believe the true number is higher.
“With more than a quarter of all cases in the United States, New Yorkers, and especially our LGBTQ+ community, remain among the hardest hit,” Hochul said. “We will continue to advocate with the federal government for our fair share of vaccines.” based on the burden of disease affecting New York.”
The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the monkeypox outbreak a global emergency, with more than 16,000 cases reported in 74 countries. The White House announced a series of measures to combat the viral disease; he did not declare the outbreak an emergency.
In New York, Health Commissioner Bassett said the declaration “means that local health departments engaged in response and prevention activities will be able to access additional reimbursement from the state, after other sources of Federal and state funding will have been maximized, to protect all New Yorkers and ultimately limit the spread of monkeypox in our communities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the monkeypox virus is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but more benign and rarely fatal. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash that looks like pimples or blisters, appearing on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body.
It can be spread from person to person through direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids, and through respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, such as during “kissing, hugging or sexual relations,” according to the CDC. It can also be transmitted by touching objects, such as clothing and linens, that have come into contact with the infectious rash or bodily fluids.