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Fifth suspected case of monkeypox identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing

Fifth suspected case of monkeypox identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing
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A fifth suspected case of monkeypox has been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said Tuesday. It comes a day after authorities announced the fourth suspected case and said nearly three dozen close contacts for all cases had received a vaccine. All cases were linked to the initial case from a person who had recently traveled to Europe. This case was first reported by a health care provider on May 21. | VIDEO BELOW | Sac County Public Health Officer Explains Monkeypox Contact Tracing Public health officials continue to emphasize that the risk to the public remains low. The county now says it will share new cases on a website here. The fourth person was identified last week and initial test results came back on Friday. The two new cases have yet to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sacramento County waited to alert the public to the fourth case until it first notified the individual, the California Department of Public Health and the CDC said. Olivia Kasirye said during a press briefing on Monday. Thirty close contacts received a monkeypox vaccine, which must be ordered from the CDC, county officials said. 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.| RELATED | Doctors discuss facts about monkeypox amid Sacramento County’s second suspected case, Kasirye said each time someone is identified with the virus, they begin the contact tracing process again, meaning that It could be another three weeks at least before authorities know there are no new cases. 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 broken skin of a lesion, respiratory tract or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose. Kasirye pointed out that monkeypox is not as contagious as COVID-19. For example, there must be at least three hours of contact with someone in the same space to be considered exposed, she said. Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and is mainly found in Central and West African countries. and probable cases. As of June 7, there were 35 cases in 14 U.S. states as well as Washington, DC, of ​​monkeypox or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, from the current outbreak. The CDC has a Level 2 alert for travelers to take certain precautions. Learn more here.

A fifth suspected case of monkeypox has been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said Tuesday.

It comes a day after officials announced the fourth suspected case and said nearly three dozen close contacts for all cases received a vaccine.

All cases have been linked to the original case from someone who had recently traveled to Europe. This case was first reported by a health care provider on May 21.

| VIDEO BELOW | Sac County Public Health Officer Explains Monkeypox Contact Tracing

Public health officials continue to emphasize that the risk to the public remains low.

County now says it will share new cases on a site here.

The fourth person was identified last week and initial test results came back on Friday. The two new cases have yet to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sacramento County waited to alert the public to the fourth case until the individual was first notified, the California Department of Public Health and the CDC said.

Everyone with suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox has mild illnesses and is staying home, public health official Dr Olivia Kasirye said in a briefing on Monday.

Thirty close contacts received a monkeypox vaccine, which must be ordered from the CDC, county officials said.

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.

| RELATED | Doctors discuss monkeypox facts amid Sacramento County’s second suspected case

Kasirye said each time a person is identified with the virus, they start the contact tracing process over again, meaning it could be another three weeks at least before officials know it’s gone. there are no new cases.

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 the damaged skin of a lesion, the respiratory tract or the mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose.

Kasirye pointed out that monkeypox is not as contagious as COVID-19. For example, there must be at least three hours of contact with someone in the same space to be considered exposed, she said.

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and is mainly found in Central and West African countries.

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.

Since June 7, there are 35 cases in 14 US states as well as Washington, DC, monkeypox or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, from the current epidemic. The CDC has a Level 2 alert for travelers to take certain precautions. Learn more here.

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