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Rising monkeypox cases in San Francisco raise concern among health officials

Rising monkeypox cases in Bay Area raise concern among health officials
Rising monkeypox cases in Bay Area raise concern among health officials 02:31

SAN FRANCISCO – Health officials are raising concerns about the ongoing monkeypox outbreak, as cases continue to grow in the Bay Area and around the state.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, California has the second highest number of monkeypox cases at 117. This is second only to New York which has reported 122 cases.

San Francisco alone has 40 of these cases, nearly double the 24 cases reported last week.

Several local clinics have traced transmission to at least one event that occurred during San Francisco Pride. The organizers posted to Facebook over the weekend that at least one of their attendees had tested positive for monkeypox, which primarily spreads through skin-to-skin contact. 

Dr. Tyler TerMeer, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, urged calm. TerMeer said that it is not only preventable but treatable and his clinic is one of several working to get ahead of any further spikes.

 "It is an infection that is predominantly impacting men who have sex with men, although there is no biological reason for that, Dr. TerMeer told KPIX 5. "So we want to make sure we're not stigmatizing the men who have sex with men community in the Bay Area or across the country who may be impacted by monkeypox."

TerMeer said Wednesday that his clinic currently has enough supply of the vaccine but it won't last long. He is pushing for at least 1,000 doses of the vaccine but really needs closer to 6,000 doses to be prepared for any further spikes.

They have been keeping an eye on spikes in Europe and warned we could be about a week out from a surge in cases.

 "It can be transmitted in multiple ways but we're predominantly seeing it in skin to skin contact but it can live on clothing or material of someone who might have a lesion leaves around," TerMeer told KPIX. "Then it's exposed to your own skin or it could be through long term respiratory exposure, although we're not seeing that currently."

A monkeypox test is similar to a COVID swab test but instead on the skin.

TerMeer recommends getting tested if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox or have developed a rash in the form of bumps or a lesion.

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