The city of San Francisco, California, declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to the spread of monkeypox.
As of Wednesday, there were 261 probable or confirmed cases in the city, according to officials.
Unlike during Covid, leaders aren’t planning any closures or restrictions as part of their declaration, San Francisco health officer Susan Philip told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.
“We want the flexibility to be able to use our resources to best serve the public and protect health,” she said. “We also want to affirm our commitment to the health of our LGBTQ communities in San Francisco, as we have historically always done as a city.”
The disease, which can cause painful skin lesions, has disproportionately impacted men who have sex with men. The World Health Organisation, which declared monkeypox a global health emergency last week, estimates 98 per cent of cases have impacted this group.
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