California saw more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox Wednesday, prompting a declaration of a state emergency.
Officials from the state health department describe monkeypox’s spread as an evolving problem. On Wednesday, 1,135 cases were reported in the most populous state in the country, with 400 cases in Los Angeles and 368 in San Francisco.
Here are the facts about monkeypox, its symptoms and how to stop it spreading.
California has no monkeypox reported cases.
In Los Angeles and San Francisco alone, there were hundreds of reported cases in August. The state health department stated that most recent cases were men who had sex.
California’s health department offers this information Here are the latest updates on cases of monkeypox.
Gov. On Monday, Gavin Newsom declared a state emergency in California. New York issued an emergency declaration on Monday, as did San Francisco County and Los Angeles County.
What is the spread of monkeypox?
Monkeypox can be a rare form of small pox. The virus can be spread to humans, animals, and other objects, but is much less transmissible, and generally more visible than smallpox.
According to the California Department of Public Health Monkeypox spreads through direct contact of infectious sores, skin scabs, or bodily fluids. This includes during sex and activities such as kissing, hugging., massaging, cuddling, and massage. According to the agency, it can also be spread by touching unclean materials such as clothes or bedding.
It is not possible to spread the virus by casual conversations or walking next to someone with monkeypox.
What are the symptoms and signs of monkeypox
It begins with symptoms similar to the flu: fever, low energy level, swelling of the lymph nodes and general body pains. A rash and/or sores may develop within one to three working days. Before they heal, the sores will go through several stages. These sores look similar to pimples or blisters. They can also be painful and itchy.
This type of monkeypox virus is rarely fatal. Most people recover in a matter of weeks.
What can be done to stop monkeypox spreading?
Here’s a list of prevention tips by the California Department of Public Health.
- Always talking to your sexual partner/s about any recent illness and being aware of new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body, including on the genitals and anus
- Avoid contact, including sexual, with people suffering from symptoms like sores, rashes, or other skin conditions.
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Persons who are infected should remain isolated until the symptoms improve or disappear completely. You should cover your rash until it is completely gone.
- Use appropriate personal protective gear (PPE) such as a mask, gown and gloves when caring for people with symptoms.
- Avoid contact with any infected material contaminated by the virus.
- Avoid contact with infected animal
Who is eligible for the monkeypox shot in LA County
LA County will host several pop up vaccination clinics in an effort to stop its spread.
In Los Angeles County, monkeypox vaccines are available to people confirmed by the Department of Public Health to have had high- or immediate-risk contact with a known monkeypox patient, and to people who attended an event or visited a venue where they was a high risk of exposure to a confirmed case. These individuals are usually identified using county contact-tracing efforts. They will be notified.
Shots are available to gay and bisexual men, and transgender persons who have been diagnosed with rectal gonorrhea and early syphilis in the last year.
Gay or bisexual men, and transgender people, are eligible to receive shots.
Tuesday’s eligibility was extended to include gay and bisexual men aged 18 or older who have had multiple sex partners or anonymous sex in the past 14 day.
If you believe that you fall within any of these criteria, please contact your health care provider to find out if they can administer the vaccine. If you are not a qualified person and your provider is not able to administer the vaccine, make an appointment at a designated clinic or go to a walk-in facility. Information is available Here. A list of monkeypox vaccine locations is available Here.
A county also activated the aforementioned. Online form available for residents to fill outCheck to see if you are eligible and register to be added on to the waiting list. Anyone who registers at the site and is eligible for the vaccine will be sent a text message with details on how to get it.