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The Latest Update on Houston and the Monkeypox Vaccine

Tom Handy

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As of August 2, there have been 161 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the Houston area. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there have been 454 cases across the state. This is an update to the information previously reported on the monkeypox in this city.

Mayor Turner said:

“This initiative allowed HHD to identify and contain the (COVID-19) virus from spreading in our community. I want to commend HHD and all the partners for their hard work and dedication to protecting Houstonians."

The CDC recognizes Houston

In past studies, Houston was able to determine the level of COVID in the wastewater system. Now they are doing the same with monkeypox and are seen by the CDC as a national center of excellence for its wastewater testing.

Mayor Turner added:

"They now have the technology and the ability to determine the level of monkeypox in the city of Houston through this wastewater system. Just like they did for COVID, they will now be doing it for monkeypox."

Testing will include monkeypox in the next two to three weeks as supplies arrive.

Monkeypox vaccine

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Houston received 16,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine according to Mayor Turner as he announced this to the city council. He said 30 percent of the vaccine will be distributed to the Harris County Public Health Department and provided to those who need it.

The mayor said more vaccine is needed.

“Even with Houston expected to receive 16,780, we still need a lot more. Because the cases are exponentially increasing. So the demand is out there, the demand is high, it exceeds our supply. But we do need more and certainly encouraging the CDC and the state to send us more.”

He added:

“Even though relatively speaking to places like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and D.C., our numbers are lower, much lower, still, we want to as much as possible, be out in front and not be chasing. So we’ll be continuously asking CDC in the state for more.”

Do you know anyone who has had monkeypox?

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