California, New York, and Illinois Declare State Of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

August 02, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

On Monday, a state of emergency was declared by California Gov. Gavin Newsom over the monkeypox outbreak being the third U.S. state to do so following New York and Illinois. 

According to Newsom, the primary focus of the declaration is to support vaccine efforts and halt the spread of the disease after Illinois declared a public health emergency and New York, currently the epicenter, declared a state disaster emergency. “Demand for the vaccines has outstripped supply as infections rise. Staff at sexual health clinics and other sites have struggled to keep up with the influx of people seeking the shots” CNBC reports.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 6,000 monkeypox cases across 48 states. CNBC confirmed through the CDC that California, New York, and Illinois make up “47% of all confirmed monkeypox infections in the U.S. New York is the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., with nearly 1,400 confirmed cases as of Monday.”

Monkeypox is predominantly transmitted through sexual or non-sexual skin-to-skin contact, meaning anyone can contract the viral disease. However, it can also be caught through “contaminated materials such as towels and bedsheets”, and more rarely through “respiratory droplets when an infected person has lesions in their mouth”

The Biden Administration is currently taking into consideration a public health emergency for the U.S.