California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency over the rising number of monkeypox infections. In this way, the state hopes to be able to vaccinate people faster.
New York state declared a state of emergency on Friday, followed by Illinois on Monday. Together with California, almost half of the total number of confirmed infections have been detected in these three states. In total, nearly 6,000 cases of monkey pox have been diagnosed in 48 states in the United States.
News channel CNBC reports that demand for monkeypox vaccines in California currently exceeds supply. By declaring a state of emergency, the state can deploy additional healthcare personnel.
Symptoms of the monkeypox virus are headache, fever and muscle aches. After a few days they develop blisters on the skin. Anyone can contract the virus, but in general people don’t get very sick from it. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the appenpox virus an international public health threat, prompting countries to take the outbreak really seriously and put in place a strategy to limit its spread.
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