Suspected Monkeypox Case in Sacramento

Written by Sasha Reva

California’s first suspected case of monkeypox was recently discovered in Sacramento. The case came from a person who traveled to Europe not long ago. If the California Department of Public Health and the CDC confirm the information, it would be the first case of the African disease in the state.

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye commented on the situation, “This case appears to be related to recent travel to Europe.” “Public Health is working with CDPH to conduct contact tracing, and risk to the general public is extremely low.”

There are about 237 cases already confirmed in 19 countries this month. Monkeypox is related to a smallpox virus, which causes a mild infection and rash. Scientists believe that there is no future outbreak to evolve into a pandemic like COVID-19. U.S. health officials are already working on releasing some vaccine doses for use in monkeypox cases.

The CDC confirmed that they have more than 1,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, approved in the United States and they expect to increase that number very quickly soon.

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