Savannah doctor unaffected by monkeypox outbreak

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – There are now more than 14,000 cases of monkeypox in the United States

And now the disease begins to infect children. White House officials say they are accelerating its response to the growing number of cases.

Along with increasing the number of vaccine doses, the White House plan includes expanded access to antiviral treatment, accelerating vaccine allocation, and a plan to have enough shots by the end of September.

As cases of monkeypox continue to spread, local health authorities are unconcerned about the virus.

Of the 14,000 cases nationwide, about 1,000 of them have been reported in Georgia, but the majority of them are in the Atlanta metro area — particularly among men.

Among these cases, it is mainly men who have sex with other men. There are only 11 women who have a confirmed case in the state.

The Coastal Health District says monkeypox is almost never a fatal disease – it’s uncomfortable but people do recover.

Dr Lawton Davis says that unless something changes with the virus, he expects the monkeypox epidemic to die out within the next six to eight months, but does not see it becoming a problem for the general public as we have seen with COVID.

“I think for the general public, unless you engage in activities that would put you at high risk of getting the disease, your risk is very, very, very low. If you are caring for someone who has it, you have to be very careful… you could possibly contract it by handling the sheets they slept in, or towels or clothes if you were going to wash clothes,” said said Dr. Davis. said.

There is a monkeypox vaccine. They encourage the vaccine for men who have sex with men or for people who regularly come into intimate contact with men who have sex with men.

The Coastal Health District offers this vaccine at two locations – one in Savannah and one in Brunswick. They have distributed nearly 600 vaccines so far and are still offering them.

There is a new statewide tool to see where you can get a vaccine, to access it just go to their website. Once there, scroll down and click on “learn more” under “Find a vaccine and register for an appointment”.

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