a microscopic image of the monkeypox virus
Electron microscopic image of monkeypox virus particles, obtained from a clinical sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. It is a thin section image from of a human skin sample. On the left are mature, oval-shaped virus particles, and on the right are the crescents, and spherical particles of immature virions. Credit: Courtesy of the CDC/ Cynthia S. Goldsmith

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DC Health is publishing a monkeypox dashboard with data showing demographics for infections and vaccine distribution, public health officials announced Tuesday. Similar to the agency’s COVID-19 dashboard, the monkeypox data will break down infections and vaccinations by age, gender, race, ethnicity, and ward. The dashboard is set to go live today, the Washington Post reports, a few days after eight D.C. councilmembers signed a letter asking for more communication around the virus. 

D.C. has the most infections per capita compared to any U.S. state with 350 as of Wednesday, according to DC Health data; the District is averaging more than five new cases per day

Data released today shows that men make up 98 percent of infections in D.C.; White people make up 48 percent of infections, and Black/African American people make up 37 percent. Wards 1 and 2 each account for about 20 percent of the infections.

D.C. has given out more than 16,000 doses of the vaccine, according to DC Health data, with 94 percent going to men. White people have received 62 percent of the doses, while Black/African American people have received 21 percent.

Over the weekend, D.C. expanded eligibility to receive the vaccine to include anyone who has had multiple sexual partners in the past two weeks, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Students who attend college in D.C., as well as people 18 years or older who are affiliated with DC Health programs are also now eligible. Previous rules restricted eligibility to men who have had sex with men. D.C. residents can pre-register for a vaccine appointment on DC Health’s website. Walk-up vaccine clinics are also open in wards 2, 4, and 8 on Fridays from noon to 8 p.m.

With students preparing to return to school Aug. 30, the letter from councilmembers focused on concerns of parents and their children, who “do not feel they have sufficient information to know what their own risk is or how to protect themselves and their family members.” Lawmakers urged DC Health to develop materials and communication strategies aimed at public schools and parents of young children. Children under 18 years old make up less than 1 percent of infections in D.C. 

Monkeypox spreads through skin-to-skin contact with a monkeypox rash, through fabrics and surfaces used by an infected person, or through respiratory droplets and can spread to anyone.

Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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