Health authorities in Sacramento investigate possible first case of monkeypox in California

It is very likely that we will have the first case of monkeypox in California.

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Sacramento Public Health officials reported that it is very likely that there is a case of monkeypox present in the county and the first reported in California.

The infected person is not identified, but authorities said he recently traveled to Europe, where there are other cases of the disease. So far there are 260 confirmed cases in 22 countries around the world.

“Preliminary testing was done at the Sacramento Public Health lab and we received the results,” said Sacramento County Health Department Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye.

“We are still awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The individual is isolated, he is not hospitalized and he feels well, “added the doctor.

The possible infected person was not in contact with any other person. Officials said the risk to the general public is very low..

Health officials mentioned that CDC confirmatory testing is pending but, based on symptoms and preliminary tests, it is likely to be a confirmed case of monkeypox.

Health officials say monkeypox is rare in the United States.. It is a virus similar to smallpox, but less severe, and is transmitted through close contact with body fluids or respiratory droplets.

Dr. Kasirye said that it is not as transmissible as COVID. The specialist mentioned that her department is conducting contact tracing.

However, he said they are still determining what constitutes close contact with this virus, and reiterated that the risk of community transmission is minimal.

“If someone has an unusual rash, they should contact their health care provider. If we need to do more research, we can do it right away,” said Dr. Kasirye.

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