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Statewide monkeypox emergency declared, but cases remain low in San Bernardino County – VVNG.com

SAN BERNARDINO, CA — This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to combat monkeypox outbreaks in areas across California, but the number of cases remains low in San Bernardino County.

The emergency declaration does not impose mandates on counties or the public, but instead was created to coordinate a government-wide response to monkeypox, request additional vaccines, and lead outreach efforts and education about vaccine access and treatment.

“We have the infrastructure to provide vaccines and resources and we will continue to monitor the virus in our county,” said Deputy Health Officer Dr. Sharon Wang. “Monkey pox is not airborne like COVID-19 and is not as contagious. Although it is good to be cautious about viruses in the community, the risk of contracting monkeypox in the district remains very low. It is mostly transmitted by close, direct personal contact.”

There have been six cases of monkeypox in San Bernardino County and 1,135 cases statewide, with most cases occurring in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties.

Monkey pox is primarily spread by direct contact with infected wounds, scabs, or body fluids, especially as a result of close personal contact. Monkey pox can be spread by touching materials used by an infected person, such as clothing and bedding. It can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact.

The county received approximately 450 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine from the state and approximately 19 people were vaccinated in the county. It is expected that the County will vaccinate more people and receive more vaccines in the future. The selection of doses is reserved for exposed persons and for persons with occupational risk. Public Health plans to offer pre- and post-exposure doses at each of our public health clinics and distribute doses to provider sites throughout the county.

The county has created a dedicated monkey pox email address (monkeypox@dph.sbcounty.gov) for residents and service providers to contact if they have additional questions. Individuals interested in the vaccine can complete Monkey pox vaccine form of interest.

To learn more about monkeypox, visit wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/monkeypox or call the Division of Infectious Diseases at 1 (800) 722-4794.

**The number of cases in San Bernardino County is 8 as of 8/5.

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Statewide monkeypox emergency declared, but cases remain low in San Bernardino County – VVNG.com

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