SCVNews.com | California Public Health Updates State Monkeypox Response

SACRAMENTO – In a teleconference with the media on July 29, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Thomas Aragon provided an update on the state’s efforts in response to the monkeypox outbreak in California.

“We continue to urgently approach the monkey to slow its spread in California by distributing small doses of vaccine to affected communities, providing prevention information and testing, and doing what we can to increase access to treatment,” said Dr. Aragon. “This virus has affected more than 750 Californians to date, and we know this has been incredibly difficult for those individuals and families. We remain focused on doing what we can to reduce risk, raise awareness, and get more access to vaccines and treatments.

“Our team is also committed to reducing the stigma of the LGBTQ community, which has been singled out and treated unfairly because of this outbreak. No individual or community is to blame for the spread of any virus. Monkey pox can affect anyone because it is spread through skin-to-skin contact and sharing clothing, bedding and towels.”

Last week, California public health leaders urged federal partners to get more vaccine doses to the state as quickly as possible, citing a need for an additional 600,000 to 800,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine. Yesterday, the federal government announced the distribution of additional rations across the country. California is hoping the federal government will supply additional vaccine to meet the state’s request.

California Public Health continues to work with local health departments to prioritize treatment and vaccine doses to ensure they are quickly available to those most in need.

To date, the state has distributed more than 25,000 doses of the vaccine to local public health departments and mobile clinics and will make additional distributions in the coming days and weeks. The state allocates rations to local health departments based on a number of factors, including the number of reported cases of monkeypox in the area and an assessment of risk groups. Yesterday, the federal government announced that an additional 72,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine have been distributed in California, plus another 48,000 for Los Angeles County.

California Public Health is also expanding treatment options for those who have contracted the virus. Like the vaccine, access to the antiviral prescription drug Tecovirimat (TPOXX), used to treat monkeypox, is limited, but the treatment can now be administered at more than 30 facilities and providers across the state. Individuals seeking treatment should contact their healthcare provider or local clinic.

On the testing front, California Public Health is using its Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory in Richmond as a reference laboratory to expand knowledge and share best practices with other laboratories bringing simian testing services online.

As of July 28, the state had expanded its testing capacity to process more than 1,000 tests per week. State public health laboratory leaders have worked with local public health, academic and commercial laboratories to ensure testing capacity is increasingly available and coordinated with the public health response.

The state continues outreach and education efforts to inform Californians and affected communities about monkeypox and ways to limit its spread. Over the past six weeks, the province has hosted numerous webinars for local health departments, community organizations and other health care providers and attended various private salons and community meetings to speak and hear from the public and local leaders. California Public Health is also planning hearings with the LGBTQ community.

California Public Health is currently running paid advertising campaigns on digital media platforms to promote awareness and engage communities at higher risk for exposure to monkeypox.

As of July 28, 786 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox have been registered in the state. The risk to the public is still low, but anyone can contract the virus because it is spread through close physical contact, including hugging, cuddling and kissing, as well as sharing bedding, towels and clothing.

People with monkeypox can develop a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes. After a few days, a characteristic rash may appear, which may appear as bumps or blisters all over the body. These bumps or blisters can be very painful and rarely require hospitalization for pain management. People with monkeypox may experience all or only some of these symptoms. The illness can last up to 2-4 weeks and usually resolves without specific treatment.

California Public Health maintains a monkeypox homepageincluding: a fact sheetand: communication toolkit for the public, community organizations and healthcare providers.

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