California governor declares monkeypox state of emergency

California’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency to speed efforts to combat the monkeypox outbreak

becoming the second state in three days to take the step.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the declaration will help California coordinate a government-wide response

seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on where people can get treatment and vaccination.

The monkeypox virus spreads through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact, which can include hugging, cuddling and kissing, as well as through the sharing of bedding, towels and clothing.

People getting sick so far have mainly been men who have sex with men, though health officials note that the virus can infect anyone.

The type of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak is rarely fatal, and people usually recover within weeks

But the lesions and blisters caused by the virus are painful, and they can prevent swallowing or bowel movements if in the throat or anus.

The declaration in California came after a similar one in New York state on Saturday, and in San Francisco on Thursday.

Newsom’s administration had said as recently as Friday that it was too soon for such a declaration.

After pressing for Newsom to make such a declaration, Democratic state Sen.

Scott Wiener of San Francisco hailed the governor’s decision.