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. https://bit.ly/3oFYEMB

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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