New York City health officials address response to monkeypox outbreak

The health commissioner fielded questions on the city's outreach, education and vaccination efforts.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
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NY City Council held a hearing Wednesday on the city's response to the monkeypox outbreak.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City health officials addressed the city's response to the monkeypox outbreak at a City Council hearing.

The health commissioner fielded questions Wednesday morning on the city's outreach, education and vaccination efforts.

He shared that the city's monkeypox case rate is falling while testing increases.

He also responded to concerns over access to testing and the city's messaging campaigns on the outbreak.

"This isn't a generalized epidemic that affects everyone equally currently, and so we've tried to take some caution in putting out billboards and PSAs," said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. "We don't currently have COVID-like emergency funds to fund that."

Officials also planned to meet with colleges across the state to discuss health concerns as students return to classrooms and dorms.

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