Monkeypox at ‘critical stage’ in the Bay Area: Here’s what you need to know

Monkeypox at ‘critical stage’ in the Bay Area: Here’s what you need to know

There are only a handful of confirmed monkeypox cases in the Bay Area, but following the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, local health officials are scrambling to control the rapidly growing global outbreak.

With 48 cases counted in California since early May, the state represents almost 28% of the total to date in the United States.

Local health officials are advising Bay Area residents and their health care providers to look out for symptoms of monkeypox ahead of summer travel and other festivities, given that most of the cases identified so far are associated with possible sexual transmission.

“We are at a critical stage in this disease when we might have the chance to contain an outbreak if we act quickly and make people aware of the risks and how to protect themselves,” said Dr. Naveena Bobba, acting San Francisco health officer. “Monkeypox can be preventable. We know that people are excited to celebrate this summer after two years of a pandemic and we encourage them to do so safely by knowing how to protect themselves and seeing a doctor as soon as possible if they have symptoms.”

Here is the latest information about the disease to help keep you safe while you enjoy the summer.

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