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Sacramento LGBT Community Center hosts monkeypox vaccination clinic

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center Wednesday afternoon will host a monkeypox vaccination clinic as the number of confirmed and probable cases continues to climb in Sacramento County.

The community center, located at 1015 20th Street in Sacramento, will host the vaccination clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the center announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday. The clinic will accept appointments and walk-ins depending on vaccine supply.

The number of probable or confirmed cases monkeypox infections in the county reached 22 tuesday. Sacramento County public health officials reported seven new probable cases of monkeypox on Monday. The county reported 14 new cases last week.

Monkeypox has been found in several counties in the Bay Area, Southern California, Northern California, and the Central Valley. Butte County revealed its first probable case of monkeypox in a resident on Monday. Stanislaus County reported its first monkeypox business on Tuesday.

According to experts, the spread of monkeypox is linked to prolonged skin-to-skin exposure. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. The patient usually develops a rash, often starting on the face and spreading to other parts of the body, normally about one to three days after the fever.

Sacramento County health officials say men who have sex with men and transgender people who meet at least one of these criteria must be vaccinated:

Tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection within the past two months.

Had two or more sexual partners in the previous three weeks.

Has visited or worked at a commercial sex venue in the past three weeks.

Had anonymous sex in the previous three weeks.

Engaged in sex work within the previous three weeks.

Michael McGough of The Bee contributed to this story.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes breaking news stories related to crime and public safety for The Sacramento Bee. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a journalist in the Central Valley since 2004.