Public Health has released a Public Health Service Announcement (PSA) to Del Norte County Residents. This PSA concerns information about Monkeypox transmission and vaccines:
Dear Community members,
As many of you already know, last week Humboldt County detected its first confirmed case of Monkeypox after many cases having been detected nationwide. While we like to believe that we are somewhat protected against these infectious diseases given our remote and rural surroundings, as we saw with COVID-19 the reality is that these illnesses will reach our area eventually.
Fortunately, there are some characteristics of this latest viral threat that make it easier to manage than COVID-19:
It’s worth noting that we are again confronted with an infectious disease that has been prevalent enough to garner news attention nationwide, and that the scientific community has already prepared a response in the form of a highly-effective vaccine and antiviral medication. Infectious diseases are a fact of life and even if they may rarely cause mortality in our otherwise healthy community, it is still wise to protect ourselves against preventable disease. Importantly, diseases have no political affiliation and the most effective way to avoid contracting them and passing them to other community members is to get vaccinated if you are at risk and to avoid behavior that will put you or others at risk.
If you believe you may have been exposed to or contracted Monkeypox, please seek a medical evaluation by a physician or local emergency department. Post-exposure prophylaxis with the vaccine can be provided in the case of a confirmed exposure, and therefore seeking medical attention early is of utmost importance.
For more information about Monkeypox, including symptoms and at-risk populations, please see the following links: