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As Monkeypox cases reach 1,300 in the US, California and Illinois declare State of Emergency

State of Emergency have been proclaimed in the American states of Illinois and California due to the spread of monkeypox virus.

This occurs as some nations record the first virus-related fatalities.

More than 5,800 probable or confirmed cases have been reported in the US thus far, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Tuesday, more than 800 had been reported in California alone, and another 500 had been reported in Illinois.

The global monkeypox outbreak has been deemed a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization, despite US federal officials’ opposition to a national public health emergency declaration.

Emergency medical services will be permitted to give federally regulated monkeypox vaccines to a bigger populace of residents, according to California’s proclamation on Tuesday, as reported by RT.

In his proclamation of the state of emergency, Governor Gavin Newsom stated that California was “working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, utilizing our robust testing, contact tracing, and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment, and outreach.”

The monkeypox is a poxvirus, which is related to the now-extinct smallpox, causes blister-like lesions on the skin and can induce flu-like symptoms like headache, fever, and respiratory symptoms, according to the CDC.

Generally speaking, illnesses persist between two and four weeks and might be minor, severe, or even fatal. India and Spain are two nations that recently reported their first cases of monkeypox-related fatalities.

Through close skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids, the disease spreads from infected people to healthy ones. It can also pass from animals to humans. Health professionals all around the world have emphasized that the disease may affect anybody and is not a sexually transmitted disease, despite the stigmatization of gay and bisexual men due to their disproportionately high infection rates.

Lack of vaccines in the US is a result of the potential emergence of an endemic illness, according to specialists. In California’s San Francisco Bay area, monkeypox was discovered in wastewater in late July by the MIT Technology Review, suggesting that the virus may be more prevalent than initially thought. Similar findings have been made in other American cities with large populations.

In 1970, a youngster in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was found to have the first known human case of monkeypox, according to the WHO. It is widespread in Western and Central African nations, which make up two different clades of the virus. It is thought that compared to the other, native to the Congo Basin, the clade from Western Africa causes less severe disease.

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