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Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to monkeypox outbreak

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to increase vaccination efforts in “response to the monkeypox outbreak” on August 1.

“California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure those most at risk are our focus on vaccines, treatment and outreach,” Newsom said in a news.

According to the emergency proclamationmore than 20,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide, with 786 possible cases in California.

Fresno currently has two “probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox” since July 28. according at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Two monkeypox vaccines are available in the United States: JYNNEOS and ACAM2000. California has a limited number of JYNNEOS vaccines, according to CDPH.

More than 25,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed to date, with additional distributions according to the governor’s press release.

A person with monkeypox may experience flu-like symptoms, with fever, low energy, swollen lymph nodes, and body aches. They may also develop rashes or sores on or near the genitals or anus, but they can also be found on other areas such as the arms, legs, chest and face, according to the CDPH.

Monkey pox can be transmitted through prolonged and direct skin-to-skin contact, intimacy, and sharing towels, bedding, or clothing.

The CDPH he said that it is important to be alert for public health outbreaks, but “the current risk of monkeypox in the general public is very low.”

Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer, said stigma among the LGBTQ+ community has arisen because of the epidemic, as many recent cases in 2022 were among people who identify as men who have sex with men.

The CDPH reports that 91.7% of cases to date have involved same-sex sexual orientations and notes that anyone can contract monkeypox.

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

California has expanded its monkeypox testing capacity to more than 1,000 tests per week since July 27, and the treatment can be administered at more than 30 facilities across the state, according to Newsom.

More information and updates on monkeypox in California can be found at CDPH Website.

This story will be updated.

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