Local

California health official says monkeypox state of emergency is still being considered

California’s top health official said Friday that the state is using infrastructure from the COVID-19 pandemic to respond to rising monkeypox cases and expects an additional 72,000 doses of vaccine from the federal government soon. He said officials are considering whether to declare a monkeypox emergency, as some lawmakers have called for the state to do. San Francisco declared its own state of emergency Thursday to help officials cut red tape. Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state’s public health office and director of the Department of Public Health, said officials are taking the outbreak “very, very seriously.” CDPH works closely with health jurisdictions and health care providers, and the state has told federal officials it needs more vaccine, he said. “We’re leveraging a lot of the infrastructure we built around COVID,” Aragón said, adding that it helped with contact tracing and disease surveillance. “We are continuing to review everything and will decide if we need to do anything further, such as declaring a public health emergency,” he said. The virus has so far affected more than 750 people in California, with 66 percent of the cases coming from San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to state data. There have been 11 known hospitalizations with most visits averaging two days and no deaths. California has received more than 37,000 doses of vaccine and sent more than 25,000 doses to public health departments, Aragón said. Along with the new 72,000 doses coming from the feds, Los Angeles County will receive an additional 48,000 doses. But last week, public health leaders in California said there is a need for 600,000 to 800,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine. On other fronts, CDPH said the state has expanded its testing capacity to process more than 1,000 tests a week and is using its Richmond lab to “expand knowledge and share best practices with other labs.” The state is also focused on reducing stigma in the LGBTQ community “which has been singled out and treated unfairly,” Aragón said. “No individual or community is responsible for the spread of any virus,” he said. “Monkey pox can affect anyone and is spread by skin-to-skin contact, as well as by sharing items such as clothing, bedding and towels.” lymph nodes, CDPH said. They could develop a rash that looks like blisters or pimples days later which can be painful. Although there is no FDA-approved drug, the antiviral drug TPOXX is available through the CDC and its use is being studied. The research seems to show that the virus has changed since the past, which may explain why there is more human-to-human transmission with this outbreak, Aragón said. Lesions also tend to be more localized and not as widespread as with older strains.

California’s top health official said Friday that the state is using infrastructure from the COVID-19 pandemic to respond to rising monkeypox cases and expects an additional 72,000 doses of vaccine from the federal government soon. He said officials are considering whether to declare a monkeypox emergency, as some lawmakers have called for the state to do.

San Francisco has declared its own state of emergency on Thursday to help officials cut red tape.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information on their website.

Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state’s public health office and director of the Department of Public Health, said officials are taking the outbreak “very, very seriously.”

CDPH works closely with health jurisdictions and health care providers, and the state has told federal officials it needs more vaccine, he said.

“We’re leveraging a lot of the infrastructure we built around COVID,” Aragón said, adding that it helped with contact tracing and disease surveillance.

“We are continuing to review everything and will decide if we need to do anything further, such as declaring a public health emergency,” he said.

The virus has so far affected more than 750 people in California, with 66 percent of the cases coming from San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to state data.

There have been 11 known hospitalizations with most visits averaging two days and no deaths.

California has received more than 37,000 doses of vaccine and sent more than 25,000 doses to public health departments, Aragón said.

Along with the new 72,000 doses coming from the feds, Los Angeles County will receive an additional 48,000 doses.

But last week, public health leaders in California said there is a need for 600,000 to 800,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information on their website.

On other fronts, CDPH said the state has expanded its testing capacity to process more than 1,000 tests a week and is using its Richmond lab to “expand knowledge and share best practices with other labs.”

The state is also focused on reducing stigma in the LGBTQ community “which has been singled out and treated unfairly,” Aragón said.

“No individual or community is responsible for the spread of any virus,” he said. “Monkey pox can affect anyone and is spread by skin-to-skin contact, as well as by sharing items such as clothing, bedding and towels.”

People with monkeypox may first experience a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches and enlarged lymph nodes, CDPH said. They could develop a rash that looks like blisters or pimples days later which can be painful.

Although there is no FDA-approved drug, the antiviral drug TPOXX is available through the CDC and its use is being studied.

The research seems to show that the virus has changed compared to the past, which may explain why there is more human-to-human transmission with this outbreak, Aragón said. Lesions also tend to be more localized and not as widespread as with older strains.

California health official says monkeypox state of emergency is still being considered Source link California health official says monkeypox state of emergency is still being considered

Related Articles

Back to top button