The Executive Order signed by the governor became effective immediately and will be extended for 30 days.
The measure allows the Department of Health to "implement efforts and measures necessary to safeguard public health, welfare, and safety" to prevent and control the virus's spread.
The governor said that the emergency declaration also guarantees resources for surveillance, detection, prevention, vaccination, and specific treatments to address the spread of this disease.
Ante el aumento de casos de viruela del mono reportados en Puerto Rico, el gobernador, Pedro R. Pierluisi declaró hoy un estado de emergencia para facultar al Departamento de Salud (DS) a que implemente los esfuerzos y medidas necesarias que los contagios no se salgan de control. pic.twitter.com/WJKKPWJ2Tg
Given the increase in cases of monkeypox reported in Puerto Rico, Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi today declared a state of emergency to empower the Department of Health (DS) to implement the necessary efforts and measures so that the infections do not get out of control.
One hundred fourteen confirmed cases, 39 suspects, 36 close contacts, and six persons under investigation have been reported in the country until this week.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are currently 52 090 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide and 15 confirmed deaths.