The countrywide impact of the current Monkeypox outbreak has driven officials from the federal government to increase the response to combat the spread of this virus.

Earlier this week New York State declared a State of Emergency over this viral outbreak. New York leads the nation in positive Monkeypox infections and that number has only been increasing.

This new designation by the Feds allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ramp up their response nationwide.

So far the two agencies have allocated 1.1 million doses of the Monkeypox vaccine to multiple states where the virus outbreak has really really taken hold.

President Biden has called on us to explore every option on the table to combat the monkeypox outbreak and protect communities at risk... We are applying lessons learned from the battles we’ve fought – from COVID response to wildfires to measles, and will tackle this outbreak with the urgency this moment demands.
-Robert Fenton, Coordinator of the White House National Monkeypox Response Team

This is the major outbreak of the Monkeypox virus in the United States since 2003. The CDC has reported that the virus has been spreading very fast with more than 1,000 cases being reported in the last 3 days.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information about Monkeypox, its symptoms, and ways to keep yourself safe, you can check the New York State Health Departments Monkeypox Website right here.

The Symptoms and Signs of Monkey Pox

The New York Department of Health offers some tips on how New York residents, especially those with weakened immune systems, can prevent monkeypox,

- Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with monkeypox.
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox-related symptoms.
- If you are exposed or experience symptoms, make sure to reach out to a health care provider.

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