California, Illinois be a part of New York in states of emergency over monkeypox: NPR

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency in Illinois on Monday in response to the monkeypox outbreak. Scott Olson/Getty Images Hide caption

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency in Illinois on Monday in response to the monkeypox outbreak.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared states of emergency Monday due to monkeypox outbreaks.

“[Monkeypox] is a rare but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent its spread,” Pritzker said in a statement. “Therefore, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure smooth coordination between state agencies and all levels of government, thereby enhancing our ability to prevent and treat the disease quickly.”

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Declaring a state of emergency often helps with logistics and coordination between departments working to respond to the emergency. In this case, that means dedicating more resources to testing options and vaccinations, including who can give them, and accessing funds earmarked for emergencies.

The California alert was issued to help the state health department step up its immunization, education and awareness-raising efforts in response to the virus, Newsom said in a statement.

“California is urgently working at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox by leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure those most at risk receive our focus on vaccines, Treatment and outreach are,” Newsom said.

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He continued, “We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about risk reduction and stand with the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma.”

With these statements, California and Illinois join New York in addressing these outbreaks at the state level.

A total of 5,811 cases of monkeypox have been recorded nationwide, including 1,390 in New York, another 827 in California and 520 in Illinois.

So far, California has administered 25,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine and has received about 61,000 doses, Newsom said.

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