By 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.
Interpretation into Spanish and Mixtec will be provided. Sign up here http://bit.ly/8mW4hd
The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the virus responsible for smallpox. It is a public health concern as the disease is similar to smallpox and can be spread from humans, animals and materials contaminated with the virus. However, monkeypox is less transmissible and generally less severe than smallpox.
There are 5 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Santa Barbara County as of Tuesday, the county public health department reports. There are 2,356 cases statewide, the majority, 853, in neighboring Los Angeles County.
Symptoms of Monkeypox usually begin one to two weeks after infection. They typically include fever, body aches, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms, and a rash that may 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 appear until all wounds have healed and a new layer of skin has formed. This may take several weeks. It is mainly spread by close, intimate contact with an infected person, but it can also be spread by touching objects or clothing that have already touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids.
Vaccines are available but very limited. Santa Barbara County received 260 doses that will be available to eligible residents.
The current situation is changing rapidly, but if you have symptoms of Monkeypox, tell your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you have been in contact with someone with Monkeypox. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges healthcare providers in the United States to be alert to patients with rashes consistent with Monkeypox.
In addition to City Hall, the Pacific Pride Foundation, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and other local health officials have partnered to host two Monkeypox vaccination clinics. They are
Thursday August 18
Santa Barbara PPF Office
608 Anacapa Street, St. A. Santa Barbara
Thursday August 25
Santa Maria PPF/FSA Office
105 N Lincoln St, Santa Maria
Visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website for more information.