San Francisco first US city to declare monkeypox as a local emergency

WHO said monkeypox is a virus that is transmitted from humans to animals, with symptoms similar to those previously seen in smallpox patients. The virus is spread from person to person through very close contact with contaminated material such as wounds, bodily fluids, breath and bedding.

Monkeypox has been declared a local emergency in San Francisco on Thursday. It is the first major US city in the world to declare monkeypox as a local emergency. This will be in effect till August 1. San Francisco’s Department of Public Health said the measure will help speed up and streamline a better response to monkeypox.

Virus affecting everyone equally

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San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed said San Francisco showed during COVID that prompt action is necessary to protect public health. We know that this virus affects everyone equally but we also know that people in our LGBTQ community are at greater risk.

261 cases of monkeypox were reported in the city

According to the Mayor’s Office, 261 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the city. California reportedly has 799 cases, the United States has more than 4,600 cases, and 76 countries have more than 19,000 cases globally.

Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said the announcement helps ensure that the city has all the tools available to increase outreach, testing and treatment, especially LGBTQ+ who remain most at risk for monkeypox. Huh. In addition, the mayor said the demand for the vaccine remains high in San Francisco, and additional supplies are needed to stop community spread.

While the San Francisco Department of Public Health initially requested 35,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine to meet the needs of San Franciscans, the city has received only about 12,000 doses as of Friday.

Members of the LGBTQ community in the city expressed anger and dismay at a city hearing last week, with the AP reporting that they were relying on social media because the San Francisco Department of Public Health did not provide basic information on testing or vaccine availability. .

Symptoms of monkeypox like smallpox

WHO said monkeypox is a virus that is transmitted from humans to animals, with symptoms similar to those previously seen in smallpox patients. The virus is spread from person to person through very close contact with contaminated material such as wounds, bodily fluids, breath and bedding.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the main symptoms include fever headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, tiredness, and importantly a rash that may look like a pimple or blister.

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