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International news brief: New York declares monkeypox a public health emergency

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| Published: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 9:02 [IST]

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Washington, July 31: Officials in New York City have declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the monkeypox virus, calling the city "the epicentre" of the outbreak. The announcement Saturday by Mayor Eric Adams and health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said as many as 1,50,000 city residents could be at risk of infection. The declaration will allow officials to issue emergency orders under the city health code and amend code provisions to implement measures to help slow the spread.

International news brief: New York declares monkeypox a public health emergency

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Story first published: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 9:02 [IST]

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