Sixth and seventh suspected monkeypox cases identified in Sacramento County, unrelated to previous 5

A sixth and seventh probable case of monkeypox have been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said Thursday. However, these two additional cases are unrelated to the five initial cases in the county and are also linked to travel to the United States, not Europe. The latest two cases come after authorities announced the fifth suspected case on June 7 and said nearly three dozen close contacts of those cases had received a vaccine. Contact tracing for both cases has begun. It is not known if the two new ones are related to each other and how many people may have been exposed to these cases. But county public health officials said they still believe the risk to the public is low. The previous five cases have been linked to an initial case from a person who had recently traveled to Europe. California’s first case, in Sacramento County, was first reported by a health care provider on May 21. | VIDEO BELOW | Sac County public health officer explains contact tracing for monkeypox The county shares new cases on a website here. Thirty close contacts received a monkeypox vaccine, which must be ordered from the CDC, county officials said last week. 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 the broken skin of a lesion, the respiratory tract or the mucous membranes, especially the eyes, mouth and nose. Vanessa Walker of Pulmonary Medicine Associates added that it is possible, in rare cases, to contract monkeypox through the inhalation of droplets. “If the person is very sick or maybe they have sores in their mouth and they’re talking to you and you’re in very close contact with them, those big droplets can get into your mouth or your eyes or something, and then you might catch it,” Dr. Walker said. Still, Walker added that it’s important for people and their healthcare providers to be aware of the symptoms. “Just make sure they’re on the lookout for any rash that might be the hallmark of monkeypox,” Walker said. “Anyone who has any type of rash, a new rash for them is not something he’s had before – really should report it to his doctor.” 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 ‘one in the same space to be considered exposed,’ she said. lare. Yet cases of monkeypox more than doubled in the past week in the United States. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 84 cases of monkeypox or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, in 18 states as well as Washington, D.C. There were 35 cases on June 7. Learn more here. first identified in 1958 and is found mainly in central and western African countries. The World Health Organization is considering designating the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, CNN reported. “I think it is now clear that there is an unusual situation, which means that even the virus is behaving in an unusual way compared to the way it has behaved in the past,” the chief executive of the company said on Tuesday. WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros. “But not only that, it’s also affecting more and more countries, and we think there needs to be a coordinated response as well because of the geographic spread.” He said there have been more than 1,600 confirmed cases and nearly 1,500 suspected cases reported so far this year from 39 countries.

A sixth and seventh probable case of monkeypox have been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said Thursday. However, these two additional cases are unrelated to the five initial cases in the county and are also linked to travel to the United States, not Europe.

The latest two cases come after authorities announced the fifth suspected case on June 7 and said nearly three dozen close contacts for those cases had received a vaccine.

Contact tracing for both cases has begun. It is not known if the two new ones are related to each other and how many people may have been exposed to these cases.

But county public health officials said they still believe the risk to the public is low.

The previous five cases have been linked to an initial case from a person who had recently traveled to Europe. California’s first case, in Sacramento County, was first reported by a health care provider on May 21.

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

The county shares new cases on a website here.

Everyone who has ever had suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox has mild illnesses and is staying home, said public health officer Dr Olivia Kasirye.

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

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.

Dr Vanessa Walker of Pulmonary Medicine Associates added that it is possible, in rare cases, to contract monkeypox through inhalation of droplets.

“If the person is very sick or maybe they have sores in their mouth and they’re talking to you and you’re in very close contact with them, those big droplets can get into your mouth or your eyes or something. , then you could get it,” Dr. Walker said.

Still, Walker added that it’s important for people and their healthcare providers to be aware of the symptoms.

“I just make sure they’re on the lookout for any rashes that might be characteristic of monkeypox,” Walker said. “Anyone who has any type of rash, a new rash for them, it’s not something they’ve had before – really should report it to their doctor.”

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.

Yet cases of monkeypox more than doubled in the past week in the United States.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 84 cases of monkeypox or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, in 18 states as well as Washington, D.C. There were 35 cases on June 7. Learn more here.

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.

The World Health Organization is considering designating the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, CNN reported.

“I think it is now clear that there is an unusual situation, which means that even the virus is behaving in an unusual way compared to the way it has behaved in the past,” the chief executive of the company said on Tuesday. WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros. “But not only that, it’s also affecting more and more countries, and we think it also needs a coordinated response because of the geographic spread.”

He said there have been more than 1,600 confirmed cases and almost 1,500 suspected cases reported so far this year in 39 countries.

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