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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reacted to recent steps taken to deal with the U.S. monkeypox outbreak, telling reporters at a news conference on Wednesday that his administration “is not going to scare people.”
The Republican governor said at a news conference that Florida will “focus on the facts.”
“I’m tired of politicians – we’ve seen it with COVID – trying to instill fear in the population,” he said. “We’ve had people calling and mothers worrying about whether their children will get infected at school. »
“We’re not afraid,” DeSantis added. “And we don’t go out and try to annoy people and try to act as if people can’t live their normal lives because of something. »
Public Health Emergency declared by MONKEYPOX in San Diego
He claimed state leaders who had declared a public health emergency would abuse those powers to “limit your freedom.”
“I assure you, that’s what’s going to happen,” he said. “We’ve seen a lot with COVID. »
government. Kathy Hochul, Gavin Newsom and JB Pritzker — Democrats from New York, California and Illinois, respectively — have declared a state of emergency over the spread of monkeypox.
New York now accounts for 1,666 of the U.S. cases.
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Florida has reported 525 confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxviruses, and there are now 6,617 cases nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox a global health emergency, and the virus has spread to dozens of countries where it is not normally infected.
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Monkeypox can be spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including direct contact with objects and surfaces used by monkeypox patients.
Pregnant women can transmit the virus to the fetus through the placenta.