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California has become the second US state in three days to declare a state of emergency to combat the spread of monkeypox.

The state announced the move as US President Joe Biden prepares to appoint top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as White House coordinators for combat the growing epidemic.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said the statement in his state will help officials coordinate a government-wide response, research more vaccines, and lead outreach and education efforts on where to go. people can get treatment and vaccines.

“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about harm reduction, and support the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma,” Newsom said in a statement announcing his statement Monday.

The monkey pox The virus spreads through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact, which can include hugs, hugs, and kisses, as well as sharing bedding, towels, and clothing.

So far, people who have fallen ill have been mainly men who have sex with menalthough health officials note that the virus can infect anyone.

“Public health officials are clear: Stigma is unacceptable and counterproductive in the public health response,” Michelle Gibbons, executive director of the County Health Executives Association of California, said in a statement.

“The fact is, monkeypox is transmitted primarily through skin-to-skin contact and sharing objects like bedding or towels, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The type of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak is rarely fatal and people usually recover within weeks. But the lesions and blisters caused by the virus are painful and can prevent swallowing or passing stools if they are in the throat or anus.

The statement in California came after a similar statement in New York state on Saturday, and in San Francisco Thursday.

Mr Newsom’s administration had said as recently as Friday that it was too early for such a statement.

The proclamation allows emergency medical personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines that are federally approved.

This is similar to a recent law that allows pharmacists to administer vaccines, Mr. Newsom’s administration said.

He said the state’s response builds on steps developed during the coronavirus pandemic to set up vaccination clinics and ensure there is outreach to vulnerable populations in cooperation with local organizations. and community.

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California has received more than 61,000 doses of the vaccine and distributed more than 25,000.

“We have no time to waste,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in a statement. She said the most populous county in the country must use all available resources to speed up the distribution of vaccines and help those who have been infected.

Mr. Newsom’s office said Los Angeles County received a separate allocation of vaccines.

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Since last week, California has expanded its testing capacity to process more than 1,000 tests per week.

Meanwhile, Mr. Biden is set to announce Robert Fenton, who helped lead FEMA’s mass vaccination effort against COVID-19 when the president took office, as coordinator of the White House.

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, director of the CDC’s division of HIV prevention and a national expert on issues affecting the LGBTQ community, previously helped lead New York City’s COVID-19 response.

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