Riverside County Identifies First Probable Case of Monkeypox – Los Angeles

The first possible monkeypox case surfaced in Riverside County, but health officials today were trying to determine if it’s authentic, noting that there is no public health threat.

“We are investigating the circumstances of the case to determine the best course of action moving forward,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, County Public Health Officer. “Given that there have been other probable cases in the region, it is not surprising that we would have one in Riverside County.”

The person who developed symptoms of the disease was only identified as a 60 year-old man from an eastern county. According to the Department of Public Health he is being treated in an outpatient setting. He didn’t need hospitalization.

Preliminary tests on tissue samples taken from the patient indicated he was positive for monkeypox, formally designated orthopoxvirus, officials
said.

In neighboring Los Angeles, and San Francisco, have also been reported probable cases
Diego counties.

Federal health officials have categorized the general health threat from monkeypox as low.

It is generally spread by intimate skin-toskin contact.
Infectious rashes and scabs can be caused by respiratory secretions or bodily fluids.
Fluids that are exchanged during prolonged physical episodes such as sexual intercourse
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmission can also occur.

Officials stated that the symptoms can include fever, new pimples or blisters, rashes and fatigue. There is no treatment. Persons who have been infected
with smallpox, or have been vaccinated for it, may have immunity to monkeypox, according to published reports.

Anyone worried about exposure was asked for contact with their doctor.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 37 California cases have been reported. The total number of cases nationwide is 140.

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