Like a Zombie Apocalypse, Monkeypox About To Ravage New York

As the number of reported cases of monkeypox in New York City continues to rise, city officials were forced to proclaim a public health crisis on Saturday. They also estimated that approximately 150,000 people living in New York are at risk of being exposed to the virus.

The emergency classification took effect right away and gave the state’s health department the authority to issue directives in accordance with the New York City Health Code as well as access to additional funding and resources in order to limit the spread of the virus. As of the 29th of July, the New York State Department of Health had documented at least 1,383 instances in the country. Out of those totals, New York City is responsible for a total of 1,289 cases by itself.

“This outbreak must be met with urgency, action, and resources, both nationally and globally, and this declaration of a public health emergency reflects the seriousness of the moment,” Mayor Eric Adams and Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the director of the New York City health and mental hygiene agency, stated in a statement issued.

In reaction to the outbreak that was occurring in the state, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order two days earlier proclaiming a State of Disaster Emergency.

According to Hochul, “more than one in four cases of monkeypox in our country are in the state of New York,” and as such, “we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond.” “It’s especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that there have been at least 5,189 known instances of monkeypox in the United States. The disease is transmitted through skin-to-skin and prolonged face-to-face contact, as well as through kissing, hugging, and sexual activity. A headache, fever, cough, hoarseness, and congestion in the nasal passages are among the symptoms. Additionally, the condition is capable of causing blisters and itchy rashes in its victims.

Even while sexual contact is not the only way to contract monkeypox, the incidence of infection among gay males is significantly higher than that of any other population group. This is because of the orgies some participate in, further spreading the infection, yet there has been no statement issued to the gay community to stop the spread.

According to Politico, the current government of President Joe Biden is considering whether or not to declare a nationwide public health crisis due to the outbreak of monkeypox in the coming days. The Department would make the declaration of Health and Human Services, and it would grant the federal agency the opportunity to acquire more funding as well as new staff.

Over the course of the last weekend, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus referred to the virus as a “public health emergency of international concern.” Since the recent outbreak first started spreading in May, there have been more than 18,000 reported cases and five fatalities across 78 countries.

Europe accounted for roughly 70% of those instances, while the Americas accounted for approximately 25% of those instances. Following San Francisco, New York City is the second largest city in the United States to announce a public health crisis.

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