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State Public Health Officials Provide Monkeypox (MPX) Update

Date: October 14, 2022
Number: NR22-155
Contact: CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provided a weekly update on the state's monkeypox (MPX) outbreak and response.  

Update to Weekly Reporting 

With the spread of MPX slowing in California, CDPH will end weekly MPX news releases after today. All data continues to be regularly updated on the MPX CDPH website on Fridays. 

Cases 

  • California has reported 5,278 probable and confirmed MPX cases. 
  • Cases have been reported in 45 local health jurisdictions. 
  • Complete case data is available on the state's MPX data dashboard

Hospitalizations 

  • There have been 213 hospitalizations in California due to the MPX virus and one confirmed death. 

Vaccines 

  • California has received 165,371 vials of MPX vaccine, including 65,582 delivered directly to Los Angeles County from the federal government. 
  • CDPH has distributed 157,607 vials to other local public health departments. 
  • 235,363 total doses have been administered to 157,853 persons in California.  
  • Complete allocation and distribution data is available on the MPX vaccine page

Treatment 

  • California has distributed 4,091 oral treatment courses of Tecovirimat (TPOXX). 

Additional Updates 

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Know the Signs 

People with MPX may first develop flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and enlarged lymph nodes. A characteristic rash, which can appear like blisters or pimples in certain parts of the body, may occur a few days later. These blisters or pimples may be very painful. MPX may require hospitalization in rare instances. In some cases, no flu-like symptoms appear, and individuals only develop a rash. People with the virus may experience all or only a few of these symptoms. The illness may last for up to 2 to 4 weeks and usually resolves without specific treatment. 

Slow & Prevent Spread 

There are several measures that can be taken to prevent infection with MPX virus: 

  • Avoid any physical contact like hugging, kissing, or sexual intimacy with people who have symptoms of MPX, including a rash or sores.  
  • Talk to sexual partner/s about any recent illness. Be aware of new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or a partner's body, including on the genitals and anus. 
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with MPX. 
  • Do not handle or touch bedding, towels, clothing, or other fabrics that have been in contact with someone with MPX. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

If you have symptoms: 

  • Reach out to a health care provider to get checked out. If you don't have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you or contact your local health department. 
  • Take a break from sexual and intimate contact as well as attending public gatherings. 
  • Isolate from others you live with.   
  • Wear a mask and cover rashes if needing to be around others and when visiting a health care provider.  

Additional Resources 

CDPH provides a webpage with multiple resources, including a Q&A, and communications toolkit with fact sheets, videos and social media assets for the public, community organizations, health care providers, and media outlets. 

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