Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. That’s why health officials in New York, the U.S., and around the world are monitoring cases of monkeypox in areas that do not usually report monkeypox infections, including in New York State.
On Thursday August 4, 2022, The Biden Administration declared a public health emergency due to the monkeypox outbreak. Everyone should stay informed about monkeypox. This means understanding the symptoms, how it spreads, and what to do if you are exposed. The declaration can be found here.