US now leads world in known monkeypox cases as New York and San Francisco declare emergencies

The US now leads the world in monkeypox cases as the FDA moves to distribute another 800,000 vaccine dosages (Picture: AFP)

The US is now leading the world in monkeypox cases in countries where the disease is not endemic.

The US has 4,097 cases across 47 states, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published on Thursday.

The report was written by the at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday. Since then, the US has added another 1,420 cases.

Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global emergency. On Thursday, New York and San Francisco declared it a local emergency as cases continue to rise and demand for vaccines has outpaced supply.

The Food and Drug Administration approved nearly 800,000 more doses of the monkeypox vaccine to be distributed throughout the country (Picture: AFP)

As of Friday, 1,383 monkeypox cases have been confirmed in New York. Of those cases, 1,289 were detected in New York City.

New York Commissioner of Health Mary Bassett declared monkeypox an imminent threat, authorizing local health departments to perform ‘case investigation support, contact identification and monitoring, vaccine administration for exposed contacts and current high risk populations, and education and outreach’.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed also her government’s plan to fight monkeypox.

Breed was clear that the city would not implement ‘behavior restrictions’ like it did during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the city would focus on using the emergency declaration to free up resources to fight the virus.

Monkeypox Facts

According to the , monkeypox is spread by:

  • Touching monkeypox skin blisters or scabs
  • Touching clothing, bedding, or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash
  • Coughs or sneezes.

Monkeypox symptoms include:

  • High temperature
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen glands
  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion.

‘During Covid, we used our Local Emergency to pop up emergency vaccine sites. To deploy workers to immediate needs. To enter into emergency contracts. To be able to move government bureaucracy nimbly to confront the virus,’ wrote Breed. ‘That’s the kind of actions this Local Emergency will allow us to do.’

The second largest outbreak internationally is in Spain, where 3,738 cases have been confirmed. Germany currently has 2,540 and the UK recorded 2,432.

Monkeypox is considered endemic to Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

Over 300,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine have been distributed to local and state health departments (Picture: AP)

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration approved nearly 800,000 more doses of the monkeypox vaccine to be distributed throughout the country.

Over 300,000 doses were already distributed to various state and local health departments, but demand has quickly outpaced supply.

Clinics in Washington, DC, recently scheduled for some patients due to ‘very limited supply’.



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