San Francisco declares state of emergency over monkeypox

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San Francisco officials declared a public health state of emergency Thursday in response to the growing spread of monkeypox cases across the city.

The declaration allows Mayor London Breed and other city officials to marshal resources and personnel to confront the intensifying monkeypox outbreak. As of Thursday, the mayor said, the city has seen 281 people with monkeypox infections. Health officials said they anticipate that figure will only grow in the coming days and weeks.

The rapid monkeypox surge in San Francisco has collided with a scarcity of available vaccines. To date, city officials said they’ve received about 8,200 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, which is intended to prevent monkeypox and smallpox in adults.