Second suspected monkeypox case identified in Sacramento County, health officials say

Second suspected monkeypox case identified in Sacramento County, health officials say

A second suspected monkeypox case was identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing of a first confirmed case, health officials announced Friday.The second person was considered a “close contact” with the first, and Sacramento County health officials say that both patients are isolating in their homes and have not been in contact with others.| MORE | CDC confirms Sacramento County monkeypox caseOfficials stress that the “risk to the general public remains very low.”“This case is a close contact of the initial patient,” said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer. “The public health investigation is ongoing and additional contact tracing will be conducted.”Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed California’s first case of monkeypox from the Sacramento County resident who had recently traveled to Europe.Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes chills, and exhaustion. The patient can also develop a rash days later that often begins in the face and spreads to other parts of the body. It can cause lesions. The illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as their first symptom.Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and mostly is found in Central and West African countries, CDPH says.There have been occasional cases in the U.S., including a 2003 outbreak in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin from imported prairie dogs that had 47 confirmed and probable cases.The CDC said it is now tracking “clusters” of cases in Europe and North America. So far there are at least 10 monkeypox or orthopoxvirus cases in the U.S., according to the CDC.| VIDEO BELOW | Dr. Vanessa Walker answers some questions and concerns on monkeypox virus

A second suspected monkeypox case was identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing of a first confirmed case, health officials announced Friday.

The second person was considered a “close contact” with the first, and Sacramento County health officials say that both patients are isolating in their homes and have not been in contact with others.

| MORE | CDC confirms Sacramento County monkeypox case

Officials stress that the “risk to the general public remains very low.”

“This case is a close contact of the initial patient,” said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer. “The public health investigation is ongoing and additional contact tracing will be conducted.”

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed California’s first case of monkeypox from the Sacramento County resident who had recently traveled to Europe.

Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes chills, and exhaustion. The patient can also develop a rash days later that often begins in the face and spreads to other parts of the body. It can cause lesions. The illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as their first symptom.

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and mostly is found in Central and West African countries, CDPH says.

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

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

So far there are at least 10 monkeypox or orthopoxvirus cases in the U.S., according to the CDC.

| VIDEO BELOW | Dr. Vanessa Walker answers some questions and concerns on monkeypox virus

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