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Morning Medical Update: New mpox campaign in Colorado; Medical schools aren’t preparing students to care for LGBTQ patients; Potentially deadly bacteria in Gulf states

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New mpox campaign in Colorado

Colorado officials are launching a new monkeypox vaccination program in response to an increase in cases. There have only been four reported cases since May, but experts are looking to get ahead of the curve this summer. Those in the Denver area can access vaccines at two mobile clinics set to appear later this week. They are also available at clinics listed on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

Medical schools aren’t preparing students to care for LGBTQ patients

Leaders in sexual and gender minority healthcare say American medical schools are not doing enough to educate students on LGBTQ health. Members of the LGBTQ community have historically had more health problems and less access to care. Discrimination in healthcare settings have led many individuals to forego care. A 2011 survey of 176 U.S. and Canadian schools revealed that students received just 5 hours training.

Potentially deadly bacteria in Gulf states

Researchers have discovered a bacteria in the southern Gulf states that is so deadly, it’s considered a bioterrorism agent. Burkholderia pseudomallei has been found in fresh water and soil in Mississippi and Texas. Researchers have tracked its origins to Southeast Asia and Australia. Physicians saw an increase of infections in American soldiers after the Vietnam War.

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