The number of monkeypox cases in San Francisco is rising, with the city reporting 197 cases on Tuesday, up from 141 cases a few days ago. Despite growing demand, vaccines continue to be in short supply. People lined up at San Francisco General until 9 a.m. on Wednesday to get Jynneos, the only vaccine specifically approved to prevent monkeypox, while many other vaccine applicants were turned away. No deaths have been reported so far in the outbreak in the United States, although the rash caused by the virus can be painful and last two to four weeks.
To get a sense of the situation in the city, we reached out via email to UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, whose work on HIV has informed her perspective on smallpox. monkey.