Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava addressed residents this week, warning of the dangers of monkeypox. As cases across the country continue to rise, Mayor Cava informed that cases in Miami-Dade County are rising and that the county is doing its best to stop the spread and protect its residents.
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are now facing the rise in monkeypox cases.
This week, Mayor Cava provided an update on the “coordinated response” that Miami-Dade County is taking to combat the disease.
“Miami-Dade now has recorded over 400 cases of monkeypox in our community,” informed Cava, saying that most cases have been spread through sexual transmission but also noting that “monkeypox can also be transmitted through close contact – and unlike COVID-19, it is not airborne.”
Cava’s update was shared on social media, and Mayor Cava shared that “this week we are expanding vaccine distribution in our community by opening two new vaccines sites in partnership with Nomi Health in Tropical Park and Miami Beach.”
Mayor Cava also shared that the county is “working diligently to be able to provide the full spectrum of care for monkeypox at these sites – including testing and eventually treatment – as supplies become available and new treatments are approved for use.”
Citing the CDC guidelines, the Miami-Dade County Mayor said that people should do the following to avoid contracting monkeypox:
1. Avoid close contact with those who have a rash or lesions that looks like monkeypox.
- Avoid contact with objects that a person with monkeypox has used.
- Wash your hands frequently.
In turn, Cava said that her administration is responding to the disease by “working aggressively to bring more vaccines to Miami-Dade County, and we stand ready to distribute vaccines to those who are eligible as quickly as we receive additional doses.”