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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reacted to recent actions taken in response to the monkeypox virus outbreak in the United States, telling reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that his government is “not scary.”
The Republican governor said at a press conference that Florida, on the other hand, “will focus on the facts.”
“I’m so sick of politicians – and we’ve seen it with COVID – trying to sow fear in the population,” he said. “There were people calling, mothers worried that their children might pick him up at school.”
“We’re not scary,” DeSantis added. “And we’re not going to go out and try to engage people and try to act like people can’t live their lives the way they normally did because of something.”
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He said leaders of states that have declared public health emergencies would abuse those powers to “limit your freedom”.
“I guarantee you that’s what’s going to happen,” he said. “We’ve seen it so much with COVID.”
gov. Kathy Hochul, Gavin Newsom and JB Pritzker – all Democrats from New York, California and Illinois respectively – have declared a state of emergency for the spread of monkeypox.
New York currently accounts for 1,666 cases in the United States.
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The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows 525 confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus reported in Florida and now 6,617 nationwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox a global health emergency, with the virus spreading to dozens of countries that typically don’t have infections.
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Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, and often skin-to-skin contact, including direct contact with objects and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
A pregnant person can spread the virus to the fetus through the placenta.