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‘Probable’ monkeypox in Sacramento County patient who recently traveled to Europe, health officials say

'Probable' monkeypox in Sacramento County patient who recently traveled to Europe, health officials say
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Sacramento County public health officials are investigating a “probable” case of the monkeypox virus linked to travel to Europe, officials said Tuesday morning. If confirmed, this would be the first case of monkeypox in California. A health provider alerted the county to the suspected case on May 21, and on Monday local health officials obtained the results of a preliminary PCR test that matched orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, Dr. Olivia, Sacramento County Public Health Officer. said Kasirye.| VIDEO BELOW | Health experts warn of panic, urge awareness of monkeypox outbreakPatient still needs confirmatory test from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lab from California Department of Public Health in Richmond, but officials say confirmation of monkeypox is likely based on symptoms. The person is in isolation at home and officials said the risk to the general public was “extremely low”. The individual is “not hospitalized and is doing well,” Kasirye said. | MORE | Explained: What is monkeypox and where is it spread? Monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human being, or materials such as clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through damaged skin, the respiratory tract or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose. Transmission mainly occurs through large droplets, Kasirye said. Health officials say monkeypox is a rare diagnosis in the United States because it does not occur naturally in the country. | RELATED | US to release monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile for ‘high risk’ people, CDC says Kasirye wouldn’t say when person traveled, what airport they used or how long they’ve been stayed in Sacramento County before going to a health provider. She said contact tracing was ongoing and authorities were still trying to determine how many contacts the person had. The county is coordinating with CDPH and CDC to determine if people on the same flight should be contacted, Kasirye said. A vaccine can be used in an “outbreak setting” and must be ordered from the CDC, Kasirye said. This decision has not yet been made. What is monkey pox? What are the symptoms? Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. The patient may also develop a rash a few days later which often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. This can cause injury. The illness can last two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as the first symptom, Kasirye said. Kasirye said monkeypox “is not as transmissible as COVID” and all cases so far have been “mild”. | MORE | Health experts warn against panic and encourage awareness of monkeypox outbreak. Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and is mainly found in central and western African countries, the CDPH says. There have been occasional cases in the United States, including a 2003 outbreak in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin in imported prairie dogs that had 47 confirmed cases and probable. | VIDEO BELOW | Wisconsin monkeypox survivor recalls 2003 outbreakThe CDC said it is now tracking “clusters” of cases in Europe and North America. men,” the CDC said. “The CDC urges health care providers in the United States to be alert to patients who have rashes consistent with monkeypox, whether or not they have specific risk factors for travel or monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation. “The virus has recently emerged in several countries, which health experts say is unusual. In the United States, the CDC has confirmed a case of monkeypox in Massachusetts. Four other cases of orthopoxvirus have been confirmed in New York, in Florida and Utah Those cases are being further tested to confirm they are monkeypox | VIDEO BELOW | NYC is investigating a potential case of monkeypoxSo far among the confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus, CDC sa id all men who have traveled outside the country Kasirye said it was important for anyone with symptoms, especially an unusual rash, to get checked out by their provider. People should also be aware of monkeypox if they have travel plans to Europe, she said.California health officials are asking healthcare providers to be alert to patients with symptoms. rashes consistent with monkeypox. “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 statement said. California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan in a statement. “As such, the CDPH encourages education of health care providers and the public, including appropriate infection control for cases of monkeypox in the health care setting.”

Sacramento County public health officials are investigating a “probable” case of the monkeypox virus linked to travel to Europe, officials said Tuesday morning. If confirmed, this would be the first case of monkeypox in California.

A health provider alerted the county to the suspected case on May 21, and on Monday local health officials obtained the results of a preliminary PCR test that matched orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, Dr. Olivia, Sacramento County Public Health Officer. said Kasirye.

| VIDEO BELOW | Health experts warn against panic and encourage awareness of monkeypox outbreak

The patient still needs confirmatory testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a California Department of Public Health lab in Richmond, but officials say confirmation of monkeypox is likely based on symptoms.

The person is in isolation at home and officials said the risk to the general public was “extremely low”.

The individual “is not hospitalized and is doing well,” Kasirye said.

| MORE | Explained: What is monkeypox and where is it spread?

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The monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human being, or materials such as clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through damaged skin, the respiratory tract or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose.

Transmission mainly occurs through large droplets, Kasirye said.

Health officials say monkeypox is a rare diagnosis in the United States because it does not occur naturally in the country.

| RELATED | US to release monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile for ‘high risk’ people, CDC says

Kasirye did not say when the person traveled, which airport they used, or how long they were in Sacramento County before going to a health provider.

She said contact tracing was ongoing and authorities were still trying to determine how many contacts the person had. The county is coordinating with CDPH and CDC to determine if people on the same flight should be contacted, Kasirye said.

A vaccine can be used in an “outbreak setting” and must be ordered from the CDC, Kasirye said. This decision has not yet been made.

What is monkey pox? What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. The patient may also develop a rash a few days later which often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. This can cause injury. The illness can last two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as the first symptom, Kasirye said.

Kasirye said monkeypox “is not as transmissible as COVID” and all cases so far have been “mild”.

| MORE | Health experts warn against panic and encourage awareness of monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and is mainly found in central and western African countries, the CDPH says.

There have been occasional cases in the United States, including a 2003 outbreak in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin from imported prairie dogs that had 47 confirmed and probable cases.

| VIDEO BELOW | Wisconsin monkeypox survivor remembers 2003 outbreak

The CDC said it is now tracking “clusters” of cases in Europe and North America.

“It is not known how people in these groups were exposed to monkeypox, but the cases include people who identify as men who have sex with men,” the CDC said. “The CDC urges health care providers in the United States to be alert to patients who have rashes consistent with monkeypox, whether they have traveled or have specific risk factors for monkeypox and what regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The virus has recently emerged in several countries, which health experts say is unusual.

In the United States, the CDC has confirmed a case of monkeypox in Massachusetts. Four other cases of orthopoxvirus have been confirmed in New York, Florida and Utah. These cases are undergoing further testing to confirm that they are monkeypox.

| VIDEO BELOW | NYC investigating potential case of monkeypox

Of the confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus so far, the CDC said all were men who had traveled outside the country.

Kasirye said it was important for anyone with symptoms, especially an unusual rash, to get checked out by their provider.

People should also be aware of monkeypox if they have travel plans to Europe, she said.

California health officials are asking providers to be alert to patients with rashes consistent with monkeypox.

“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 encourages education of health care providers and the public, including appropriate infection control for cases of monkeypox in the health care setting.”

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