NY Governor Hochul declares monkeypox emergency

Late on Friday, Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, declared a state of emergency because monkeypox is still spreading.

I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to confront the monkeypox outbreak," Hochul tweeted.

She added that more than one in four monkeypox cases in the United States are in New York, also having a disproportionate impact on at-risk groups.

The New York Department of Health website says that as of July 29, 1,383 confirmed cases of orthopoxvirus/monkeypox had been found in the state.

Friday morning, Brazil and Spain reported the first deaths outside of Africa that were caused by monkeypox.

The WHO declared a worldwide health emergency over monkeypox last week.

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