State of emergency declared in San Francisco over spread of monkeypox – National

The mayor of San Francisco on Thursday announced a statutory emergency over the growing number of monkeypox cases, allowing officials to mobilize manpower and resources and cut bureaucracy to deal with a public health crisis reminiscent of the AIDS epidemic that devastated the city to forestall.

The statement, which goes into effect Monday, was welcomed by gay advocates who are increasingly frustrated by what they call San Francisco’s lackluster response to a virus that has so far mostly affected men who have sex with men, although anyone can be infected.

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The city has 261 cases, out of about 800 in California and 4,600 statewide, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. A national vaccine shortage has left people waiting for hours for tight doses, often being turned away when shots run out.

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“San Francisco is an epicenter of the country. Thirty percent of all cases in California occur in San Francisco,” said San Francisco health officer Dr. Suzanne Philip.


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San Francisco closed its primary monkeypox vaccination clinic earlier this week after running out of doses and said it had received just 7,800 doses of a requested 35,000.

“San Francisco has been at the forefront of public health responses to HIV and COVID-19, and we will be at the forefront when it comes to monkeypox,” said Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat representing San Francisco. “We cannot and will not let the LGTBQ community down.”

Mayor London Breed scheduled a press conference later on Thursday.

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