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The governor of California on Monday declared a state of emergency to expedite......

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the fight against the monkeypox outbreak, making California the second state in three days to do so......

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The declaration, according to Governor Gavin Newsom.....

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will aid California in coordinating a federal response in obtaining more vaccines......

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and leading outreach and education initiatives on where people can get treatment and vaccinations......

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According to state public health experts, there have been close to 800 cases of monkeypox in California......

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Hugging, kissing, and other close skin-to-skin contact can all result in the transmission......

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of the monkeypox virus, as can sharing of linens, towels, and clothing......

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Health officials point out that although the virus can infect anyone.....