FAST FIVE: Top NYC Health Official Claims 'Retaliation' After Monkeypox Messaging Dispute

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Top NYC Health Official Claims 'Retaliation' After Monkeypox Messaging Dispute A veteran top infectious diseases expert at the New York City Health Department says he was reassigned in “retaliation” for butting heads with higher-ups regarding the city's monkeypox messaging.

Don Weiss, director of surveillance, was transferred to another unit after he publicly criticized the department's advice that gay men should simply 'avoid kissing' and 'cover up their sores' – as opposed to Weiss' advice that gay men abstain from or reduce sex for a period of time, the NY Post reports.

Noting that the reassignment came just days after publicly taking issue with department brass over monkeypox guidance, Weiss said, “You are aware under the whistleblower statute that you cannot do any retribution to me for my coming forward with information that I thought was necessary for the public to know?” “This could be seen as retribution, especially the timing of it.” -NY Post On Thursday, NYC Health Commissioner Dr.

Mary Bassett declared monkeypox and imminent public health threat.

“Based on the ongoing spread of this virus, which has increased rapidly and affected primarily communities that identify as men who have sex with men, and the need for local jurisdictions to administer vaccines, I've declared monkeypox an Imminent Threat to Public Health throughout New York State,” she said.

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