New York Governor Hochul declares state of emergency over monkey pox

July 30 (Reuters) – New York state governor Kathy Hochul late Friday declared a state of emergency in the state over the ongoing spread of monkeypox.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to cope with the monkeypox outbreak,” Hochul tweeted.

She added that more than one in four cases of monkey pox in the United States are in New York, which also has a disproportionate impact on high-risk groups.

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A Westchester Medical Center employee prepares a monkeypox vaccine at a drive-through monkeypox vaccination facility at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, US, July 28, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

As of July 29, New York state had a total of 1,383 confirmed cases of orthopoxvirus/monkeypox, according to the New York Department of Health website.

Earlier on Friday, Brazil and Spain reported the first monkeypox deaths outside of Africa. read more

The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency last week, the highest alert level, over the monkeypox outbreak. read more

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Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Chopra

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