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Solano, Stanislaus counties report first confirmed cases of monkeypox

Public health officials in both Solano and Stanislaus counties reported their first confirmed cases of monkeypox on Tuesday.Two other probable cases were also identified in Solano County, but are still pending testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“Public Health is monitoring the situation closely to ensure the health and safety of Solano County residents and limit the spread of the disease,” said Solano County health officer Bela Matyas in a prepared statement.“Though the risk of infection is very low, we encourage people who may have been exposed to contact their medical provider immediately and watch for symptoms,” Matyas said.Stanislaus County’s first case was identified in a man who is now in isolation and has not been hospitalized, officials said.“The United States is currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, and there will likely be additional cases in Stanislaus County in the weeks ahead,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “We ask our community members to learn about the symptoms and ways this infection spreads so they can take actions to protect themselves and others.”As of Tuesday, there are 251 probable and confirmed monkeypox cases in California. 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 virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human or materials like clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through the broken skin of a lesion, respiratory tract, or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose.Health experts have also said that it is possible, in rare cases, to get monkeypox through the inhalation of droplets.Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and mostly is found in Central and West African countries.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.

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Public health officials in both Solano and Stanislaus counties reported their first confirmed cases of monkeypox on Tuesday.

Two other probable cases were also identified in Solano County, but are still pending testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Public Health is monitoring the situation closely to ensure the health and safety of Solano County residents and limit the spread of the disease,” said Solano County health officer Bela Matyas in a prepared statement.

“Though the risk of infection is very low, we encourage people who may have been exposed to contact their medical provider immediately and watch for symptoms,” Matyas said.

Stanislaus County’s first case was identified in a man who is now in isolation and has not been hospitalized, officials said.

“The United States is currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, and there will likely be additional cases in Stanislaus County in the weeks ahead,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “We ask our community members to learn about the symptoms and ways this infection spreads so they can take actions to protect themselves and others.”

As of Tuesday, there are 251 probable and confirmed monkeypox cases in California.

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.

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Monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human or materials like clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through the broken skin of a lesion, respiratory tract, or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose.

Health experts have also said that it is possible, in rare cases, to get monkeypox through the inhalation of droplets.

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

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.

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