USA/Monkey pox: California and Illinois declare a state of health emergency

Like New York, the US states of California and Illinois have just declared a state of health emergency amid the spread of monkeypox.

This decision announced by the governors of the two states aims to strengthen vaccination efforts as the virus spreads across the United States, the CNN news channel believes.

These actions come as more than 5,800 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States. California had more than 800 cases as of Tuesday, while Illinois had more than 500, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to US media, California’s decision allows emergency medical services personnel across the state to administer FDA-approved monkeypox vaccines, broadening the base of people able to inoculate them. residents against the virus even if the shortage of vaccines persists.

“California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and strengthened community partnerships during the pandemic to ensure people most at risk are our priority for vaccines, treatment and awareness,” State Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

His counterpart from the State of Illinois, Jay Pritzker, clarified that the state of health emergency will make it possible to mobilize more resources to fight against this virus.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies to respond, treat and prevent the spread of monkeypox,” he tweeted.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern.

“According to the WHO assessment, the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions except the European region, where we estimate the risk to be high,” said the director. general of the WHO.

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