DC is at the forefront of monkeypox infections in the country
The District of Columbia currently has the largest outbreak of smallpox sYomica per inhabitant in the nation, and its authorities are already distributing the corresponding vaccine by appointment, to be applied as soon as deliveries of antidotes arrive from federal sources.
So far 122 cases of smallpox have been reported sYomica from May; fortunately they have not registered vYofatal crimes.
On Monday, DC Health launched a pre-registration system for the monkeypox vaccine, its director, Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, announced.
He said that approximately 7,600 people have already pre-registered in the system and some 2,500 appointments have been offered and booked. Currently, eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine is limited to those most at risk of contracting the virus.
Currently, eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine is limited to those most at risk of contracting the virus, Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a message to the neighborhood.
“As more vaccines become available, DC Health will contact eligible individuals who have pre-registered so they can schedule an appointment, Bowser explained.
“People who are not currently eligible can also pre-register and will contact you to schedule an appointment if eligibility changes.”
He cautioned that “to keep ourselves and our community healthy, we all need to know the basics” and said you can also get more information about monkeypox and vaccines at preventmonkeypox.dc.gov.
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Later, Dr. LaQuanta warned that “anyone who comes into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox, we want to get them vaccinated quickly.”
“It is important that we try to identify people who have been in contact with someone who has had monkeypox within four days and vaccinate them within 14 days,” he said.
While anyone can get that type of smallpox, it has been identified that 96 percent of DC cases are male and 82 percent identify as homosexual. Most of the cases fall on people between 30 and 34 years old.
All commercial labs have testing capabilities,” said Naseema Shafi, chief executive officer of Whitman Walker Health. “And then there are treatment options, but they’re pretty limited.”
Shafi stressed that anyone who is not feeling well should stay home until they are better, and anyone with a rash should avoid contact with other people.
Persons eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine are DC residents who are at least 18 years old and who are:
- Gay or bisexual men who have sex with men and have had anonymous sexual partners in the past 14 days.
- Transgender women or non-binary people assigned male at birth who have sex with men.
- Sex workers (of any sexual orientation/gender).
- Staff (of any sexual orientation/gender) in establishments where sexual activity occurs (eg, bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs).
- Monkeypox can feel like the flu initially with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.
- There may also be a rash and skin lesions.
- The rash may look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.