A state of emergency in California

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in California on Monday due to the spread of the monkeypox virus, in order to „boost the state’s vaccination efforts“.

“California is working rapidly at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, using our robust testing and contact tracing, strengthened during the pandemic, to ensure that those most at risk are our focus as a target group for vaccine and treatment „, Newsom said in a statement.

Nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in California, according to the latest figures released by the California Department of Public Health.

According to official data, 98.3 percent of cases were confirmed in men, most of whom belong to the LGBTQ community. The virus mostly spreads among men who have sex with men, as well as among transgender people and gender non-binary people.

The proclamation makes it easier for the state to coordinate the response to the pandemic and allows emergency medical workers to administer vaccinations.

Newsom’s office announced that California has distributed more than 25,000 doses of the vaccine, and a total of 61,000 doses have been injected so far. There is a particular lack of Jynneos vaccine in the country.

The governor’s office said more than 30 facilities and providers across the state offer monkeypox treatment, although access to the prescription antiviral drug tecovirimat is also limited.

„We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness to reduce risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma,“ Newsom said.

Symptoms of monkeypox are similar to smallpox, although usually milder. Those infected with the virus initially have a fever, swollen lymph nodes, fever and exhaustion.

Later, a rash appears, usually starting on the face and then spreading, turning into festering sores before they fall off.

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