October 2, 2023
State steps up response to monkeypox
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials are stepping up their response to monkeypox as the number of confirmed or probable cases climb.

Reports from 28 local health departments put the statewide case number at 1,135.

As a follow-up to the statewide emergency:

• California has distributed more than 51,000 monkeypox vaccines to local public health departments. In all, the state has received more than 109,000 doses.

• The state has expanded testing capacity to process more than 2,000 tests a week.

• As of August 2, the state has distributed nearly 1,713 treatment courses and 168 IV doses of TPOXX to various locations and has partnered with 71 locations statewide to provide treatment.

State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, says he supports the LGBTQ community and their families, “who have been disproportionately impacted by this outbreak, and continue to reinforce that no single individual or community is to blame for the spread of any virus.”
Story Date: August 20, 2022
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