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    Monkeypox cases skyrocket in New York, and getting a vaccine is an adventure

    The number of recorded cases of monkeypox in New York State stands at nearly a third of the infections registered in the United States. The state Department of Health warns on its website that the number of cases may be “much older” than the officer. And getting the vaccine is quite a challenge.

    More than a quarter of the 5,000 cases of monkeypox in the United States have been reported in New York, making the Big Apple the epicenter of this outbreak that is mostly, at least for now, affects men who have sex with other men.

    “The circle is closing”

    “Actually, yes, I am worried about the monkeypox virus because as a member of the LGBT community in New York, we are starting to see people we know or friends of friends who have tested positive,” explains Mateo Sancho Cardiel, a teacher. Spanish university.

    “The feeling that it is getting closer and that the circle is closing is there. There are people who tell you that they had horrific reactions and terrible pain. The cases of people who have had a very bad time, which has been very painful, well, it is scary, ”he continues.

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    “I have seen long lines”

    There is a vaccine to protect yourself, but getting it has been extremely difficult. Blair Russell, art consultant, is one of the lucky ones who was able to give it to him, but it was through contacts and in another state.

    There is a vaccine to protect yourself, but getting it has been extremely difficult.  Photo: AP

    There is a vaccine to protect yourself, but getting it has been extremely difficult. Photo: AP

    “I got it in Fort Lauderdale, you don’t get it in New York. I have friends here in New York who went to Montreal or Florida, but here in New York this past month I have seen long lines, I have seen lottery to make an pointment, I have seen people who pay people to reserve a place for him in line,” he says.

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    A problem limited to LGBTs?

    The situation, he adds, is worrying, because the general public considers that this is an exclusive problem for gays.

    A nurse prepares a vaccine at the monkeypox vaccination center in Valhalla, New York.  Photo: Reuters

    A nurse prepares a vaccine at the monkeypox vaccination center in Valhalla, New York. Photo: Reuters

    For Russell, it’s a short-sighted and dangerous vision: “It’s sad because of course, it’s a segment and people say ‘it only affects LGBT people and who cares what hpens to them’. But the problem is that like other diseases that started in subsections, then spread to the rest of the population pretty fast”.

    Health emergency

    A week ago, the WHO declared the international emergency by the current outbreak of monkeypox, after some 17,000 cases – five of them fatal – have been declared in 74 countriesmany of them in Europe, where the disease was not endemic.

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    The decision was announced at a press conference by the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesustwo days after an emergency committee with experts in this disease met to analyze the possible declaration, which will force national health networks to increase their preventive measures.

    "release the vaccine"says a protest poster in San Francisco.  Photo: AP

    “Free the vaccine,” reads a protest poster in San Francisco. Photo: AP

    This committee had chosen not to declare the emergency at a first meeting held in June when the cases were 3,000.

    On this occasion, according to Tedros, there was also no complete consensus among the experts, but the director general decided to declare the emergency in view of the high and growing number of cases in various regions of the entire planet.

    Until now, Argentina registers 13 infected, of which 12 had a history of travel prior to the onset of symptoms.

    With RFI information

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