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County offers additional monkeypox vaccination clinics

With San Diego County experiencing an increase in monkeypox cases, the county will offer a second round of vaccines Thursday and Friday, this time making 800 doses available.

According to its latest weekly update, the region saw the total number of confirmed and suspected cases increase from 10 to 20 Friday, causing the health department to release a new statement indicating that it “continues to work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community to develop messaging, education materials and to administer the limited number of vaccines coming to the area.”

“The virus is primarily spreading in gay and bisexual men who have more than one sexual partner or attend sex parties, but anyone who is exposed can get it,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, deputy public health officer, in a statement.

“Having intimate contact or anonymous sex with people you meet in dating or hook-up apps increases your risk of contracting the virus. “Please ask your partners about recent illnesses or rashes.”

Those who wish to get vaccinated can call 211 to schedule an appointment.

Local public health officials have so far declined to further characterize the demographics of San Diego County cases, citing standard epidemiological practice of keeping such information private when totals are small and could be used to identify individuals.

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