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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo provides update

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo supplied an update on Harris County’s response to Monkeypox Tuesday morning.

Last week, at Judge Hidalgo and Mayor Turner’s request, over 16,000 vaccine doses have been allotted to the Houston/Harris County area, and can be found in restricted portions for eligible residents.

Hidalgo requested the federal authorities to take extra motion and supply extra vaccines to fulfill the potential demand and assist Harris County hold the virus below management.

MORE: Monkeypox vaccine: Who can get it and the way does it work?

There have been 125 reported monkeypox instances in Harris County as of late Monday, based on Harris County Public Health.

Monkeypox is a uncommon illness just like smallpox, however milder. The virus primarily spreads by means of direct skin-to-skin contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or physique fluids of somebody who has the virus.

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It could be unfold by respiratory secretions throughout extended, face-to-face contact, or throughout intimate bodily contact, resembling kissing, cuddling, or intercourse.

The virus additionally transmits by means of touching bedding, towels and clothes utilized by somebody with monkeypox.

Saturday, the World Health Organization declared the present monkeypox outbreak in additional than 70 nations a world emergency.

The outbreak is by far the most important involving the virus.

Prior to the 2022 outbreak, nearly all monkeypox instances in individuals outdoors of Africa have been linked to worldwide journey to nations the place the illness generally happens or by means of imported animals, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. confirmed its first case of the monkeypox virus in mid-May and now has over 5,811 confirmed infections, practically 400 of which have been reported in Texas.

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