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Local health authorities race to contain the highly contagious monkeypox virus

Local health authorities race to contain the highly contagious monkeypox virus
The monkeypox outbreak continues to grow faster than many initially expected. Nearly 6,000 cases have been reported in the U.S. since May and three states have issued emergency declarations over the outbreak in the last week. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan joins Stephanie Sy to discuss efforts to contain the virus in one of the country's epicenters.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr.Stephanie Sy: Judy, New York was the first to declare a state of emergency last Friday, as monkeypox cases there have reached over 1,000, with the majority of cases being in New York City.The New York City health commissioner, Dr." I understand that, since June, New York City has had a hard time meeting the demand for monkeypox vaccine.

So, a few months into this, where are you in having a handle on monkeypox in New York City?Ashwin Vasan, New York City Health Commissioner: Yes, thanks for the question.

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