2nd probable monkeypox case identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County public health officials said Friday they are now looking for a second suspected case of monkeypox in the area.
The second likely patient comes the same week California saw its first case, which was confirmed by the CDC on Thursday.
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This first case would be linked to a trip. According to Sacramento County public health officials, the second suspected case was identified through contact tracing.
Both patients are currently in isolation.
Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye noted that the risk to the general public is very low.
“This case is a close contact with the original patient,” Dr. Kasirye said in a statement.
California Department of Public Health officials said they began investigating the first case on Saturday. The person initially tested positive for the orthopox virus.
“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.”
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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, airways or eyes, nose or mouth.
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.
In addition to the California patient confirmed on Thursday, the CDC announced that it had also confirmed eight other cases of monkeypox in a total of seven states.
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.