Public health emergency declared in San Diego due to monkeypox

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Two days after the Governor of California. Gavin Newsom told the audience health emergency on monkeypox, San Diego County followed suit on Tuesday.

The statement was made, according to San Diego County Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, due to the limited supply of vaccines, the city’s large population and the global spread of the disease. viral. However, health officials told the public that the outbreak was “fundamentally different” from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The situation we face with monkeypox is fundamentally very different,” San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said, according to the San Diego weather. “We take it very seriously, but as I mentioned earlier, it’s exponentially less transmissible. We know more about it. We also have a vaccine early on.”

“Right now, monkeypox outbreaks have a disproportionate impact on our LGBTQ community, but we know they can spread to others,” Fletcher added. “And it’s vitally important that we don’t stigmatize any individual, that we don’t stigmatize any community, that we don’t slander any.”

San Diego health officials note that the public emergency with monkeypox is "fundamentally different" than the Covid-19 pandemic.

San Diego health officials note that the public emergency with monkeypox is “fundamentally different” from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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WHO DECLARES MONKEYPOX A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

The current count of confirmed monkeypox cases in the county is 46, all male, and 39 identifying themselves as members of the LGBTQ+ community. No hospitalizations or deaths occurred. Fletcher noted that the biggest difficulty is finding an available supply of the monkeypox vaccine. To date, the county has received 3,987 doses of the vaccine and administered 2,454.

By declaring a health emergency, the county now has more authority to use its resources to administer more vaccines as well as contact tracing and making testing more accessible to the public. Health officials estimate 66,000 people are in the high-risk category in the county for the disease.

The San Diego Board of Supervisors must ratify the declaration in exactly one week and hold a vote for its extension at least once every 30 days. Starting Wednesday, the county will begin providing official infection numbers daily.

The public health emergency will allow county health officials to use state resources to perform more vaccinations and track monkeypox.

The public health emergency will allow county health officials to use state resources to perform more vaccinations and track monkeypox.
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MONKEYPOX BY THE NUMBERS: FACTS ABOUT THE RARE VIRUS NOW SPREADING

The county will also provide resources for the public to receive new information regarding the outbreak via text message. Residents will be notified of real-time updates on monkeypox and available health services.

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a rare infectious disease in the same family of viruses as smallpox, with symptoms including fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistering rash that is usually dry. the skin. Individuals may experience mild symptoms, but the ability to carry the virus without symptoms is not known at this time. These symptoms usually last between 2 and 4 weeks from the initial exposure.

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