New York Governor Hochul declares state emergency over monkeypox

July 30 – The governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul, declared an emergency in the state over the continued spread of monkeypox.

“I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to confront the monkeypox outbreak,” Hochul tweeted.

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She added that more than one in four monkeypox cases in the United States are in New York, also having a disproportionate impact on at-risk groups.

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

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

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

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