San Diego County well being officers mentioned Tuesday they’ll prioritize restricted provides of monkeypox vaccine for sexually lively homosexual, bisexual and transgender males.
Nationally, monkeypox instances have occurred primarily in males who’ve intercourse with different males who attended circuit or rave events.
There have been three confirmed and three possible monkeypox instances in San Diego County.
“Whereas it’s not inherently a sexually transmitted illness, shut or physique contact with anyone with monkeypox can move the virus on to you,” mentioned Cameron Kaiser, the county’s deputy public well being officer.
With the nationwide provide of vaccine extraordinarily restricted, the county Well being and Human Companies Company is specializing in vaccinating folks at larger threat of contracting and having extreme sickness from the virus.
Well being officers mentioned they’re working with representatives of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer communities on messaging and in planning for monkeypox vaccination clinics. Two vaccination clinics will happen this week forward of San Diego Satisfaction.
“We recognize folks’s willingness to get vaccinated and we hope to broaden quickly, however given the low provide of vaccine proper now, we have to prioritize distribution of the doses we have now,” Kaiser mentioned.
Monkeypox is a viral an infection that may unfold by way of contact with physique fluids, sores on the physique of somebody who has monkeypox, or from shared gadgets reminiscent of clothes and bedding which were contaminated with fluids from sores of an individual with monkeypox.
Signs of monkeypox are much like, however milder than, the indicators and signs of smallpox, a associated however extinct virus. They embody fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. A rash normally develops inside 1 to three days after the looks of fever.
“It’s essential to do not forget that the chance of human monkeypox for most people stays very low,” Kaiser mentioned.