Sacramento County has first probable Monkeypox virus case in California – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County public health officials said they are investigating a probable travel-related case of the monkeypox virus.

The probable case – believed to be the first in California – was announced by public health officials on Tuesday.

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“This case appears to be related to recent travel to Europe,” Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said in a statement.

Dr Kasirye noted that the risk to the general public is “extremely low”.

California Department of Public Health officials said they began investigating the suspected case on Saturday. The person initially tested positive for the orthopox virus and is now in isolation.

“Because the disease is rare, healthcare providers may not be familiar with the presentation of monkeypox and the possibility of transmission of monkeypox through intimate or sexual contact may not be well known,” the epidemiologist said. of the State of California, Dr. Erica Pan, in a statement. “As such, the CDPH educates health care providers and the public, including appropriate infection control for cases of monkeypox in the health care setting.”

Although not an STD, the World Health Organization says the most recent surge in cases of monkeypox is mainly spread through sex between men, entering the body through skin. broken, airway or eyes, nose or mouth.

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Health officials in Europe have been sounding the alarm about an outbreak of the rare disease in recent weeks. More than 90 cases in a dozen countries have been recorded so far, including the UK, Spain, Israel, France, Switzerland, Australia and the United States.

Only one case of monkeypox has been confirmed in the United States, one person in Boston. However, other suspected cases have been recorded in Florida and New York.

While confirmatory testing from the CDC as well as the California Department of Public Health is pending, Sacramento County officials say the symptoms and their preliminary tests lead them to believe confirmation of monkeypox is likely for their case. .

UC Davis infectious disease specialist Dr. Dean Blumberg says we already know a lot about the Monkeypox virus.

“Monkeypox is a viral infection and it is transmitted mainly from animals like rodents and primates in West and Central Africa to humans bbut it can be passed from person to person also through prolonged close contact with someone,” he said.

People with monkeypox will experience distinctive rashes and lesions. It can be spread through close contact with an infected person. Other common symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. Health officials say the incubation period can range from 5 to 21 days, with illness typically lasting 2 to 4 weeks.

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The smallpox vaccine, which protects against monkeypox, is delivered to public health authorities.

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