A neighborhood state of emergency has been declared for monkeypox in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a statement Tuesday morning declaring monkeypox a local emergency.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell said the announcement was made to bolster the county’s response to an outbreak of monkey pox.

“This announcement is critical in helping us overcome this virus,” Mitchell said in a statement to City News Service.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Monday due to the growing number of cases of monkeypox.

“California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust research, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that vaccinations, treatment and education reach those most at risk.” Newsom said in a statement.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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