CALIFORNIA – California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in light of the alarming increase in monkeypox infections.
The proclamation supports the work being done by the California Department of Public Health to achieve a coordinated statewide response to the outbreak, according to a statement sent by the Governor’s Press Office.
“California is urgently working at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing, and strengthened community partnerships during the pandemic to ensure those most at risk are our focus. for vaccines, treatment and outreach,” Newsom said.
“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about risk reduction, and support the LGBTQ community in fighting stigma.”
Last month, California public health leaders urged their federal partners to make more doses of the vaccine available to the state as quickly as possible so that eligibility can be expanded to confirmed and probable exposures, as well as people who They are at high risk of contracting the virus.
“To date, the state has distributed more than 25,000 doses of the vaccine and will make additional allocations in the coming days and weeks,” the statement said.
In all, the state has received more than 61,000 doses.
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The state is also supporting general immunization efforts in collaboration with local governments, including helping to provide staff and mobile clinics.
According to the release, the state assigns doses to local health departments based on a number of factors, including the number of monkeypox cases reported in an area and estimates of populations at risk.
WHAT IS MONKEYPOX?
Monkeypox virus belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, smallpox. The two have similar symptoms, including fever, headaches, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, and lesions that start in one place and spread throughout the body.
Monkeypox is usually milder than smallpox and can also cause swollen lymph nodes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The virus is spread through close and prolonged contact with monkeypox sores, contaminated surfaces, or body fluids, including respiratory droplets.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MONKEYPOX?
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion.
The main difference between the symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes the lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy), while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7-14 days, but can range from 5-21 days.
The disease begins with:
- Muscle pains
- Back pain
- swollen lymph nodes
- Shaking chills
Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the onset of the fever, the patient develops a rash, which often begins on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body.
The lesions progress through the following stages:
The illness usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks.
Nearly 1,000 cases have been detected in California.