Harris County Public Health and the Houston Department of Health are hosting a Q&A event to discuss the disease and the vaccine

HOUSTON – Harris County and Houston Health Department public health officials joined a virtual press conference Thursday for a Q&A event to discuss monkeypox virus and vaccine updates monkeypox.

Both health departments are now administering the monkeypox vaccine since receiving a shipment last Friday from the Texas State Department of Health Services, according to a statement.

HCPH local health authority Dr Ericka Brown and HHD deputy local health authority Dr Janeana White answered questions and answers about the disease.

Although the World Health Organization recently declared monkeypox a global public health emergency, the level of risk remains low in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, cases continue to climb across the country.

As of July 27, the CDC has reported 4,639 confirmed cases in 46 states. In Texas, the number of cases rose to 287. Harris County had 71 total cases: 58 in the city of Houston and 13 in the unincorporated area of ​​the county, according to a statement.

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