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County confirms 31 monkeypox cases; numbers 'growing every week'

'We are also really concerned about the scarcity of vaccine', Dr. Tzvieli tells Board of Supervisors

There are 31 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Contra Costa County, with another 13 suspected cases, health officials told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

"While the numbers are still small, they are growing every week. 16 of our 31 cases have been in West County and 10 in Central County," county health officer Dr. Ori Tzvieli told the board. "Ten of the cases of 31 have been in Hispanic or Latino men."

Tzviel said there are more than 1,300 cases in California that are confirmed, with the majority in San Francisco and Los Angeles counties.

"We are also really concerned about the scarcity of vaccine," he said. "Our demand is far exceeding our supply, in Contra Costa and across California."

Contra Costa Health Services has vaccinated more than 845 people in county clinics in recent weeks, according to Tzvieli.

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"And we have a waiting list of over 1,800 people that have expressed interest in the vaccine," he said. "We have been allocated another 1,800 doses in the next big allocation, and those will come in stages throughout the month."

No one has died from Monkeypox in the U.S., according to Tzvieli, and only about 3% of those infected have required hospitalization.

But the virus -- which is contracted mostly through skin-to-skin contact -- is "extremely painful," and frequently leaves scars, he said.

"Our goal is to get the vaccine out into the community as soon as we can. We're going to open online scheduling (for vaccines) later this month," Tzvieli said.

The county has also seen a slight uptick in COVD-19 cases, deputy health services director Erika Jenssen told the board. The county is averaging about 112 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The amount of virus detected in the county's wastewater has gone up slightly the past two weeks.

Jenssen said that though new boosters will come this fall, people shouldn't wait to get vaccinated.

"Fully vaccinated people with two boosters are 96% less likely to die from COVID than people who are unvaccinated," she said.

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County confirms 31 monkeypox cases; numbers 'growing every week'

'We are also really concerned about the scarcity of vaccine', Dr. Tzvieli tells Board of Supervisors

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There are 31 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Contra Costa County, with another 13 suspected cases, health officials told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

"While the numbers are still small, they are growing every week. 16 of our 31 cases have been in West County and 10 in Central County," county health officer Dr. Ori Tzvieli told the board. "Ten of the cases of 31 have been in Hispanic or Latino men."

Tzviel said there are more than 1,300 cases in California that are confirmed, with the majority in San Francisco and Los Angeles counties.

"We are also really concerned about the scarcity of vaccine," he said. "Our demand is far exceeding our supply, in Contra Costa and across California."

Contra Costa Health Services has vaccinated more than 845 people in county clinics in recent weeks, according to Tzvieli.

"And we have a waiting list of over 1,800 people that have expressed interest in the vaccine," he said. "We have been allocated another 1,800 doses in the next big allocation, and those will come in stages throughout the month."

No one has died from Monkeypox in the U.S., according to Tzvieli, and only about 3% of those infected have required hospitalization.

But the virus -- which is contracted mostly through skin-to-skin contact -- is "extremely painful," and frequently leaves scars, he said.

"Our goal is to get the vaccine out into the community as soon as we can. We're going to open online scheduling (for vaccines) later this month," Tzvieli said.

The county has also seen a slight uptick in COVD-19 cases, deputy health services director Erika Jenssen told the board. The county is averaging about 112 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The amount of virus detected in the county's wastewater has gone up slightly the past two weeks.

Jenssen said that though new boosters will come this fall, people shouldn't wait to get vaccinated.

"Fully vaccinated people with two boosters are 96% less likely to die from COVID than people who are unvaccinated," she said.

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Concerned Gay Parent
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another community
on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:24 am
Concerned Gay Parent, another community
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:24 am

With the new school year rapidly approaching, are there any special precautions for schoolchildren with gay male parents?

Can this virus spread in the classroom and will teachers emphasize basic hygiene like washing one's hands regularly and before lunch period?

Lastly, do gay male parents need to notify school administrators that their children are being raised in a gay household?

My husband is promiscuous at times but fortunately both of us have been vaccinated against monkeypox.


Rebecca
Registered user
another community
on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:43 am
Rebecca , another community
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:43 am

My brother who is gay resides with us and we have a young daughter who attends public elementary school.

Can monkeypox be passed on to other students in her classroom via surface contacts and touching?

To date, four children have contracted monkeypox.

Is monkeypox now being viewed in the same light as other childhood classroom epidemics like measles, mumps, and chickenpox?


Phyllis Young
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San Ramon
on Aug 11, 2022 at 8:57 am
Phyllis Young, San Ramon
Registered user
on Aug 11, 2022 at 8:57 am

Monkeypox cases in the United States have risen to over 10,000 with an average of 500-750 new cases daily.

This is a serious public health issue. A four year-old girl in Germany died this week from the virus and I am very concerned about our school-aged children being exposed to the monkeypox virus by any one of their classmates who have gay male parents.

Outside of trying to vaccinate everyone as we did with COVID, maintaining proper sanitation measures are critical at this juncture.


Mavis Templeton
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Walnut Creek
on Aug 12, 2022 at 9:27 am
Mavis Templeton, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Aug 12, 2022 at 9:27 am

Though 98% of the monkeypox cases are being transmitted by members of the male gay/bisexual community, anyone can get this disease as there are no public health mandates (other than vaccination advisements) currently in place to curtail the spread of this epidemic.

The numbers of new infection are dramatically increasing with each new day and the United States leads all other countries in monkeypox cases.


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