On Saturday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the monkeypox virus.
Adams said there is a need to consider the sickness as a public health emergency since the city has become “the epicenter” of the outbreak.
Based on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York had recorded 1,345 cases as of Friday.
“We will continue to work with our federal partners to secure more doses as soon as they become available,” Adams said in a statement.
“This outbreak must be met with urgency, action, and resources, nationally and globally, and this declaration of a public health emergency reflects the seriousness of the moment,” Adams added.
On July 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
On Thursday, San Francisco’s mayor also announced a state of emergency over the growing number of cases.
According to reports, the once-rare disease has been established in parts of central and west Africa for decades but was not known to spark large outbreaks beyond the continent or to spread widely among people until May, when authorities detected dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America and elsewhere.
The virus spreads through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact and sharing bedding, towels, and clothing. It has spread primarily among men in Europe and North America, though health officials emphasize that the virus can infect anyone.