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Monkeypox Update as of October 20, 2022

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. This virus is part of the same family of viruses as the virus that causes smallpox. There have been confirmed cases of monkeypox in Santa Barbara county.

The virus is spread mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.  

The CDC and the FDA have approved the use of an antiviral medication to treat monkeypox.

Sansum Clinic has been administering a limited number of doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine for individuals at high risk for infection.  

We recommend reaching out to your primary care provider or going to Urgent Care at 215 Pesetas Lane, Santa Barbara, if you believe you may have monkeypox. Urgent Care is open Monday through Sunday, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm.  

For more information on symptoms of monkeypox and the status of any cases in Santa Barbara County, visit this Public Health Department webpage