SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — According to the CDC monkeypox tracker as of Sept. 17, there are 23,499 cases of monkeypox in the state of California. KRON4 reached out to local health departments to determine how many cases are in each county. For more information on how to protect yourself from the virus, please watch the videos below.
Monkeypox, also known as orthopox or MPX, is a disease related to smallpox but is thought to be less severe. Symptoms of the illness include fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue. Some cases that are more serious may result in rashes or legions.
Cases of monkeypox in Bay Area Counties
County and city numbers include both suspected and confirmed case numbers.
- San Francisco County – 732*
- Alameda County – 182*
- Contra Costa County – 72*
- Napa County – 6*
- Marin County – 19*
- Monterey County – 15*
- San Mateo County – 62*
- Santa Cruz County – 8*
- Santa Clara County – 138*
- Solano County – 28*
- Sonoma County – 37*
- City of Berkeley – 15*
* As of Sept. 2
In late June KRON4 reported on the monkeypox vaccine roll out across the Bay Area. Vaccine access varies across the Bay Area.
People who live and work in San Francisco are eligible to be vaccinated if they are:
- Gay, bisexual and other men or trans people who have sex with men, who’ve had more than one sexual partner in the past two weeks,
- a sex worker,
- someone who has had close contact in the past two weeks with someone with a suspected or confirmed monkeypox infection,
- someone who has had close contact with others at a venue or event within a social group in the past two weeks where a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case was identified, including people who’ve recieved notice from a venue or an event of a potential exposure in the past two weeks,
- laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing, or
- clinicians who have a high risk of occupation exposure.
People in Santa Clara County are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Have had “direct physical contact” with someone confirmed to have monkeypox,
- Attended an event or venue where a person contagious with the monkeypox virus was at the event or venue and had “direct physical contact” with others there,
- Is a gay, bisexual or other cisgender man who has sex with men, or is a transgender man or woman who has sex with men, and meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Has a recent history of multiple or anonymous sexual partners,
- Participates in group sex,
- Attends or works at sex-on-premises venues, such as bathhouses or sex clubs,
- Is a sex worker, and/or
- Has been diagnosed with at least one bacterial sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis, in the past 12 months.
KRON4 spoke with Dr. Kismet Baldwin, the Deputy Public Health Officer for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, about the status of monkeypox in the Bay Area and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.