San Diego has declared a public health emergency due to monkeypox.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! San Diego County followed suit on Tuesday, two days after California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a public health emergency due to monkeypox.

According to Dr. Wilma Wooten, the San Diego County health officer, the proclamation was issued owing to the scarcity of vaccines, the city’s dense population, and the viral illness’s widespread distribution over the world. Health officials, however, insisted that the outbreak was “fundamentally different” from the COVID-19 pandemic in their public statements.

According to the Times of San Diego , San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher stated that “the issue we face with monkeypox is essentially quite different.” “Although, as I have indicated, it is tenfold less contagious, we take it extremely seriously. More information is currently available. There is a vaccine at the beginning of it as well.”

Monkeypox outbreaks are currently disproportionately affecting our LGBTQ community, but we are aware that it can also spread to other populations, said Fletcher. “And it is absolutely crucial that we not stigmatize any person, that we not stigmatize any group of people, that we not slander anyone,” the statement continued.

San Diego health officials note that the public emergency with monkeypox is "fundamentally different" than the Covid-19 pandemic.

San Diego health officials note that the public emergency with monkeypox is “fundamentally different” than the Covid-19 pandemic. ((AP Photo/Rick Bowmer))

The current number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the county is 46, all of who are men, and 39 identifying as members of the LGBTQ community . No hospitalizations or deaths have occurred. Fletcher noted the biggest difficulty is finding an available supply of the monkeypox vaccine. To date, the county has received 3,987 vaccine doses and administered 2,454.

By declaring a health emergency, the county now has more authority to utilize its resources to administer more vaccines along with contact tracing and make testing more available to the public. Health officials estimate 66,000 individuals are in the high-risk category in the county for the disease.

The San Diego Board of Supervisors has to ratify the declaration in exactly one week and hold a vote for its extension at least once every 30 days. Starting Wednesday, the county will begin providing official infection numbers on a daily basis.

The public health emergency will allow county health officials to utilize state resources to conduct more vaccinations and track monkeypox.

County health authorities will be able to use state resources to expand immunization efforts and track monkeypox thanks to the public health emergency. (File Photo by Eduardo Munoz for REUTERS)

The county will also make resources available so that people can text themselves with updates on the outbreak. Real-time updates on monkeypox and available medical assistance will be provided to the community.

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a rare viral disease that belongs to the same virus family as smallpox. Its symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a blister rash that often dries up the skin. Mild symptoms may appear in some people, but it is still unknown if a person can carry the virus without showing any signs. After the initial exposure, these symptoms often linger between two and four weeks.

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