First suspected case of monkeypox in Riverside County reported

Riverside County reported its first probable case of monkeypox this week as the number of confirmed cases across the state continues to rise.

Health officials received positive test results from a man in the eastern part of the county on Tuesday, said Jose Arballo Jr., Riverside University’s public health system spokesman.

The man, who is under 60, showed up at a clinic with symptoms and was tested, Arballo said. He did not require hospitalization and was well enough to recover at home.

Officials sent the test results to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and awaited confirmation.

“Given that there have been other probable cases in the area, it’s not surprising that we have one in Riverside County,” said County Public Health Officer Geoffrey Leung.

Since the first suspected case of monkeypox was reported in Los Angeles County earlier this month along with cases in San Francisco and San Diego, the number of cases across the state has continued to rise.

According to the most recent census by the State Department of Health, there have been 39 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox in California. Two weeks ago there were eight cases in the state and 40 in the United States.

The statewide number has since grown to 156, according to the CDC.

Despite this, the CDC said the risk of monkeypox to the general population in the United States is low because it does not spread easily between people without close contact. It is typically transmitted through prolonged skin contact with someone with an active rash. Unlike COVID-19, airborne spread is not a major source of transmission for monkeypox.

Most monkeypox cases known to the CDC in the United States involve people who have recently traveled or have been in close contact with someone who has been infected.

Riverside County officials were still working to trace the man’s recent contacts and determine if he had traveled recently, Arballo said.

Officials continued to emphasize awareness of monkeypox symptoms, such as: B. a rash that can look like pimples or blisters, often first appearing on the genitals. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue, the CDC said.

Health officials say they hope to contain the monkeypox outbreak but say it’s possible the virus is already spreading in the community.

The specific monkeypox variant found in most cases in the United States has been linked to the variant that has emerged in Europe, CDC officials had previously said.

Elsewhere in the world, the UK reported the highest number of cases at nearly 800, while Germany and Spain had more than 500. France and Portugal each had more than 300 and Canada had at least 200 cases.

As the number of global cases surpassed 3,200, the World Health Organization convened an emergency committee on Thursday to consider declaring the ongoing monkeypox outbreak a global emergency.

This would mean that the UN health agency considers the outbreak an “extraordinary event” and that the disease risks spreading to even more borders. It would also give monkeypox the same honor as the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing polio eradication efforts.

Although western nations like the United States have responded quickly to and halted cases that have emerged in recent weeks, countries in Africa have been experiencing outbreaks of monkeypox for decades, a fact that some experts have pointed to as examples of injustice in vaccine distribution.

The WHO is trying to counteract this unequal access with a vaccine sharing program.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-23/first-suspected-case-of-monkeypox-in-riverside-county-reported First suspected case of monkeypox in Riverside County reported

Russell Falcon

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