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Latest on monkeypox in Louisiana: Why treatment is still limited amid growing cases

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Patrick Madden
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WWNO

On Louisiana Considered, we hear an update on monkeypox cases across the state. We also learn why many New Orleanians are burdened by housing costs and hear about organizing efforts at local Dollar General stores. This segment of Louisiana Considered aired on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. To listen to the full episode, click the play button above.

It’s been just over a month since the first cases of monkeypox were reported in Louisiana. While the state has responded rapidly by offering information on where to find treatment, actually accessing that treatment has been difficult, as vaccines are limited.

For more on the experiences of those who have contracted the disease, we spoke with Julie O'Donoghue, senior reporter with Louisiana Illuminator who has been documenting concerns of monkeypox in the state.

A recent report found that 23% of New Orleans households spend 50% or more of their income on housing costs. This ranks New Orleans as sixth in the nation in housing cost-burdened residents. President of Housing Louisiana and executive director of HousingNOLA Andreanecia Morris tells us about what that looks like on the ground.

Recent big labor union victories at places like Starbucks and Amazon are having massive ripple effects. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha tells us about organization efforts at Louisiana Dollar General stores – and why they're not calling it “unionizing.”

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is also frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.