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As if COVID-19, inflation and the economic system weren’t sufficient, the rise in monkeypox instances has given Californians yet one more factor to fret about.

The illness — characterised by a rash and lesions that may appear to be pimples, bumps or blisters — primarily spreads by means of extended skin-to-skin contact with these lesions, which can be in hard-to-see locations on the physique or be mistaken for another pores and skin problem. Though not often deadly, the illness might be fairly painful.

Monkeypox has gained a foothold amongst males and transgender folks within the LGBTQ group in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being has obtained a restricted variety of doses of monkeypox vaccine from the federal authorities, and is providing them solely to folks at present deemed in danger.

Proper now, monkeypox instances are “approaching an exponential curve,” mentioned Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease knowledgeable at UC San Francisco. Nonetheless, for folks exterior the affected communities, the chance of catching monkeypox appears to be low in the intervening time. And if present vaccination efforts are profitable, we might be able to wipe out monkeypox. But when it spreads to animals, the illness may turn into endemic in the US.

How does monkeypox unfold? How harmful is it? How contagious is it? Can contaminated folks with no signs go on the illness to others? Can it’s unfold by means of the air? Who can get a vaccine? What can folks do after they’re totally vaccinated? What ought to folks do to keep away from getting monkeypox?

You have got questions. We requested consultants for solutions.

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