California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared an emergency situation in the state due to the spread of monkeypox. This was announced on 1 August on the region’s governor’s website.

“California is urgently working at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, using our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure we focus on those most at risk for vaccines, treatment and outreach,” Newsom said in a statement.

It is noted that the proclamation announced by the governor allows vaccination efforts to be expanded. In particular, it allows Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff to administer monkeypox vaccines approved by the regulator, “similar to the legislative authorisation recently passed for pharmacists to administer vaccines”.

The report adds that the state is acting on the experience of the coronavirus pandemic. California has already received more than 61,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine.

Earlier, on 29 July, it was reported that New York Governor Cathy Hocul had declared a state of emergency due to an outbreak of monkeypox until 28 August. It was noted that the state accounts for one in four cases of monkeypox in the United States.

On the same day a state of emergency was declared in the city of San Francisco in the US state of California, London Breed, due to the active spread of monkeypox.

On 28 July it was reported that 1048 cases of monkeypox had been diagnosed in the United States in the past 24 hours, and the total number of patients with such a diagnosis was 4639.

American Politico, citing sources on 27 July, reported that by the end of the week the US administration will declare a public health emergency in the country because of monkeypox. The need to declare a state of emergency has been previously reported by WHO experts.

Monkeypox is an animal and human infectious disease characterised by fever, general intoxication and exanthema. The causative agent is genetically related to the smallpox virus, the human smallpox virus.

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