Have questions on monkeypox? We requested specialists for solutions

As if COVID-19, inflation and the financial 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 seem like pimples, bumps or blisters — primarily spreads by 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 subject. Though hardly ever deadly, the illness might be fairly painful.

Monkeypox has gained a foothold amongst males and transgender folks within the LGBTQ neighborhood 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,” stated Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease professional at UC San Francisco. However, for folks outdoors the affected communities, the danger of catching monkeypox appears to be low in the intervening time. And if present vaccination efforts are profitable, we could possibly wipe out monkeypox. But when it spreads to animals, the illness may turn into endemic in the USA.

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

You could have questions. We requested specialists for solutions.

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