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California, Illinois Latest To Declare Monkeypox Health Emergency

California and Illinois declared health emergencies Monday over the ongoing spread of monkeypox, the latest jurisdictions to marshal new resources to try and contain the disease.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said the declaration would help officials coordinate a “whole-of-government response to monkeypox, seek additional vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on accessing vaccines and treatment.”

“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach,” said Newsom. “We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community fighting stigmatization.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) did the same Monday, saying the state of emergency would allow officials to “expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating, and preventing the spread.”

“We have seen this virus disproportionately impact the LGBTQ+ community in its initial spread,” Pritzker said in a statement. “In Illinois, we will ensure our LGBTQ+ community has the resources they need to stay safe while ensuring members are not stigmatized as they access critical health care.”

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