Bay Area responds as monkeypox becomes a global emergency

Bay Area health officials responded to the World Health Organization declaring monkeypox a global health emergency. This is WHO’s highest alert level.

This statement should lead to a more coordinated response internationally and could also help secure funding for treatment and testing.

“It’s a huge problem in the Bay Area. We’re actually one of the epicenters of the world,” said UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

He said the disease is difficult to control because the symptoms are subtle at first. They can include headache and fever, similar to flu or COVID symptoms.

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There are more than 66,000 cases in 75 countries and nearly 3,000 cases in the United States.

Chin-Hong said: “This is the 7th global health emergency since 2007. So it really shows how many public health issues are happening and how we need to get strong funding to stop these things from happening in the first place. venue.”

The clinics organize vaccination campaigns. The vaccine is two shots but due to lack of supply, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is prioritizing first doses. Officials say they requested 35,000 doses and only 77,000 arrived.

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The department released a statement that read: “The World Health Organization’s recognition that monkeypox is a global emergency only reinforces the fact that the way to deal with this health emergency is to provide the necessary resources to local governments, especially cities like San Francisco that are seeing an increase in cases.”

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