Virtual Community Town Hall on Monkeypox Tonight
By the edhat staff
Educators, community leaders, and health officials are hosting a virtual community town hall to discuss monkeypox tonight, August 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Spanish and Mixteco interpretation will be provided. Register here http://bit.ly/8mW4hd
The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the virus that causes smallpox. It is a public health concern because the illness is similar to smallpox and can be spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. Although, Monkeypox is less transmissible and usually less severe than smallpox.
There are 5 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Santa Barbara County as of Tuesday, reports the county's Public Health Department. There are 2,356 cases statewide with the majority, 853, in nearby Los Angeles County.
Symptoms of Monkeypox usually begin one to two weeks after infection. They ususally include fever, aches, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters. People with Monkeypox may experience all or only a few of these symptoms, but most will develop a rash or sores.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks. It spreads primarily through close, initmate contact with an infected person, but it can also spread by touching items or clothing that previously touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids.
Vaccines are available but very limited. Santa Barbara County has received 260 doses that will become available to eligible residents.
The current situation is rapidly evolving, but if you have any symptoms of Monkeypox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has Monkeypox. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is urging healthcare providers in the United States to be alert for patients with rash illnesses consistent with Monkeypox.
In addition to the town hall, the Pacific Pride Foundation, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and other local health leaders have joined together to host two Monkeypox vaccine clinics. They are
Visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website for more information.