August 13, 2022
State seeks expanded monkeypox testing, more vaccine
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California health officials are urging the federal government to step up its response to the monkeypox outbreak by allocating up to 800,000 additional vaccine doses.

The state has already distributed more than 25,000 doses to local public health departments and mobile clinics and another 72,000 have been allocated .

As of July 28th, there have been 786 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox in California. Testing capacity has reached 1,000 tests a week.

There is still a low risk to the public, but anyone can get the virus because it spreads through close physical contact.

Health officials say they are committed to reducing stigma among the LGBTQ community, which has been singled out because of this outbreak. “No single individual or community is to blame for the spread of any virus,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón.

There is still a low risk to the public, but anyone can get the virus because it spreads through close physical contact.
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