California to refer to virus as mpox, drops monkeypox

California to refer to virus as mpox, drops monkeypox

New name, same virus. California health officials Friday confirmed they are avoiding using the term “monkeypox” and will now refer to it as “mpox” or “MPX.” California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Tomás Aragón did not give a specific reason for the change in a teleconference with reporters on Friday. The change comes as the World Health Organization has called for a new term for the virus to make it less stigmatizing and discriminatory. The latest statewide data provided by the state’s health department reported California has recorded 2,660 cases of the virus, with 62 known hospitalizations and no known deaths. California has received 109,471 doses of the vaccines and has distributed 66,000 across the state. | Video Below | MPX cases in CaliforniaMore vaccines by splitting vialsLast week, the Food and Drug Administration approved splitting vials into more doses to boost supply. The splitting of the vaccine through intradermal administration means one vial can be split five times and it will give the same reaction, Aragón said on Friday. Last week, Aragón said in a statement, “with this emergency use authorization, we will be able to expand vaccine access in California, and we commend the FDA for taking this step, which will help better align supplies with demand.”The department said in a statement Saturday morning that the state received a total of 14,500 vials or about 72,500 doses from the federal government this week. More than half of those doses will be going to Los Angeles, the department said. The doses from the federal government are starting to be distributed as of Saturday, the department said, and health providers are already starting to administer them intradermally. “CDPH has directed this dose-sparing method be used and has made training materials available on our website to support this effort to increase the number of available doses,” the statement read.Updated isolation guidanceState public health officials on Thursday also released its own set of guidance they said is more specific than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides guidance based on where lesions are on an infected person’s body, or where an infected person works. Read the updated isolation guidance here.“One of the challenges is, the general CDC guidance basically says to stay home until your lesions have completely healed over with new skin and part of the problem is, some people have lesions that are very limited on their body and it may take a while to heal and they may be in a part of the body that there’s no risk of exposing other people,” Aragón said. “We feel our guidance provides more specificity and practicality than CDC guidance.” Where does California stand with emergency funding for MPX?Aragón could not provide an update on the status of legislative efforts to provide emergency funding for the state’s public health department and counties to respond to the outbreak. He said the state continues to use the infrastructure developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the systems for disease reporting, immunization registry and contact tracing and disease investigations. “We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to leverage the resources we stood up for covid,” Aragón said. Aragón also confirmed the state will start using its MyTurn website to book MPX vaccine appointments. The site was originally set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aragón could not say Friday when exactly bookings there would begin. | Interactive Map Below | California monkeypox cases by county| Related | Tell Us: What questions do you have about monkeypox

New name, same virus.

California health officials Friday confirmed they are avoiding using the term “monkeypox” and will now refer to it as “mpox” or “MPX.”

California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Tomás Aragón did not give a specific reason for the change in a teleconference with reporters on Friday. The change comes as the World Health Organization has called for a new term for the virus to make it less stigmatizing and discriminatory.

The latest statewide data provided by the state’s health department reported California has recorded 2,660 cases of the virus, with 62 known hospitalizations and no known deaths.

California has received 109,471 doses of the vaccines and has distributed 66,000 across the state.

| Video Below | MPX cases in California

More vaccines by splitting vials

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved splitting vials into more doses to boost supply. The splitting of the vaccine through intradermal administration means one vial can be split five times and it will give the same reaction, Aragón said on Friday.

Last week, Aragón said in a statement, “with this emergency use authorization, we will be able to expand vaccine access in California, and we commend the FDA for taking this step, which will help better align supplies with demand.”

The department said in a statement Saturday morning that the state received a total of 14,500 vials or about 72,500 doses from the federal government this week. More than half of those doses will be going to Los Angeles, the department said.

The doses from the federal government are starting to be distributed as of Saturday, the department said, and health providers are already starting to administer them intradermally.

“CDPH has directed this dose-sparing method be used and has made training materials available on our website to support this effort to increase the number of available doses,” the statement read.

Updated isolation guidance

State public health officials on Thursday also released its own set of guidance they said is more specific than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides guidance based on where lesions are on an infected person’s body, or where an infected person works. Read the updated isolation guidance here.

“One of the challenges is, the general CDC guidance basically says to stay home until your lesions have completely healed over with new skin and part of the problem is, some people have lesions that are very limited on their body and it may take a while to heal and they may be in a part of the body that there’s no risk of exposing other people,” Aragón said. “We feel our guidance provides more specificity and practicality than CDC guidance.”

Where does California stand with emergency funding for MPX?

Aragón could not provide an update on the status of legislative efforts to provide emergency funding for the state’s public health department and counties to respond to the outbreak.

He said the state continues to use the infrastructure developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the systems for disease reporting, immunization registry and contact tracing and disease investigations.

“We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to leverage the resources we stood up for covid,” Aragón said.

Aragón also confirmed the state will start using its MyTurn website to book MPX vaccine appointments. The site was originally set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aragón could not say Friday when exactly bookings there would begin.

| Interactive Map Below | California monkeypox cases by county

| Related | Tell Us: What questions do you have about monkeypox

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