2022 U.S. Monkeypox Cases (from CDC’s June 14 U.S.Monkeypox Outbreak 2022: Situation Summary)
- CDC is tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
- CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox.
- CDC is working with state and local health officials to identify people who may have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for monkeypox, so they can monitor their health.
- Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact.
Alameda County Situation update (As of June 15th):
As of June 15, 2022 monkeypox virus infections have been confirmed in many non-endemic countries in Australia, Europe and North America including 17 probable cases in California; 2 cases are confirmed in Alameda County residents. In this outbreak, US cases of monkeypox have been identified since early May 2022; many of the cases have involved men who identify as transgender, gay, bisexual or have sex with men (MSM) without a history of travel to an endemic country. For information on the first 17 cases reported in the US see Monkeypox Outbreak — Nine States, May 2022 | MMWR (cdc.gov). All patients described in the MMWR and cases reported since are in adults.
Monkeypox Cases in San Francisco (As of June 14th):
As of June 14, 2022, working closely with CDPH and local clinicians, SFDPH has identified five probable cases of Monkeypox in San Francisco residents, based on detection of Orthopoxvirus DNA in lesion samples and compatible clinical and epidemiologic criteria. Probable cases are highly likely to be reclassified as confirmed cases once Monkeypox virus-specific testing is
completed at CDC. All five persons are experiencing relatively mild clinical illness and are completing home isolation. Several other suspect cases are currently under investigation. While international travel to areas with endemic Monkeypox is still a risk factor, epidemiologic investigation suggests that community transmission of the virus is occurring via social and sexual networks in Europe and the United States, including in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Resources for community members and organizations:
Alameda County Public Health Department: Information on Monkeypox
Alameda County Public Health Department: Clinical Guidance on Monkeypox
What is monkeypox?
¿Qué es la viruela del mono?
- CDC: Monkeypox: Get the facts!
- CDC: Monkeypox Facts for People Who are Sexually Active
- CDC: Social Gatherings, Safer Sex and Monkeypox
- CA Department of Public Health: Monkey Pox Q&A
- InterPride: Monkeypox & Pride: Know Before You Go! (webinar)
- CDPH: Monkeypox: An Update for Community-Based Organizations Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Californians (Webinar). Passcode: **zZ#!8d. Slides can be found here.
Communications resources and toolkits:
- Event Organizer Letter Template (CDC)
- Summer 2022 Health Tips for Gay and Bi Men: Palm Card with QR Code linking to information on monkeypox, meningococcal disease, HIV, STIs, and COVID (CDC)
- Grindr and Meta (Facebook/Instagram) Ads (CDPH)
- Monkeypox Communications Toolkit (CDPH)
- Monkeypox: An Update for Community-Based Organizations Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Californians, hosted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on June 16, 2022. If you were unable to attend, the recording is available here Passcode: **zZ#!8d. Slides from the webinar are here.