California Declares Health Emergencies

California declares a state of emergency due to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak.

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak in California is part of the larger outbreak of human monkeypox caused by the West African clade of the monkeypox virus. As of 30 July 2022, the virus has infected 799 people in the U.S. state of California, with no deaths. The state has the second highest number of recorded cases in the country. Officials in California and Illinois have declared public health emergencies over spread of the monkeypox virus in their states. With the declarations made separately Monday, the states add their names to a short but now growing list of U.S. governments that includes the state of New York, New York City and San Francisco seeking to remove red tape and access funds to fight the outbreak of the disease.

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