The number of monkeypox cases in San Francisco is climbing, with the city reporting 197 cases as of Tuesday, up from 141 cases a few days ago. Despite growing demand, vaccines continue to be in short supply. On Wednesday, people waited in line at San Francisco General for up to nine hours to get Jynneos, the only shot specifically approved to prevent monkeypox, while many more vaccine-seekers were turned away. No deaths have been reported in the US outbreak so far, although the rash caused by the virus can be painful, and lasts for two to four weeks.
For perspective on the situation in the city we checked in by email with UCSF’s infectious diseases expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, whose work on HIV has informed her perspective on monkeypox.