Six Berkeley residents have tested positive for probable cases of monkeypox, according to a Tuesday city press release.
According to the press release, the cases are separate and unrelated, with each of the residents safely isolating in their own homes. The cases are also among 2,108 known cases nationwide as of Tuesday.
Included in the press release were guidelines on identifying symptoms of monkeypox, along with suggestions for residents to protect themselves from contracting the virus, such as covering exposed skin in indoor settings, practicing good hygiene habits and avoiding skin-to-skin contact with others prior to completing a medical evaluation.
According to city spokesperson Matthai Chakko, vaccines for monkeypox are being administered at targeted clinics for high-risk individuals. Although he noted the benefit of a vaccine, Chakko emphasized that non-pharmaceutical actions can also reduce risk of transmission.
“We continue to urge the media, government officials, and the community at-large to support those at highest risk, encourage others to take precautions, and avoid stigmatizing a particular group or person for monkeypox,” the press release reads. “With cases of monkeypox spreading, know how to protect yourself and others so you can help keep our whole community safe.”
At least 700 people have been vaccinated in Alameda County, according to Chakko.