San Bernardino County Public Health Department officials announced Friday the arrival of the first confirmed positive case of monkeypox.
The only case of the viral illness occurred in a Fontana man who recently traveled out of state.
In California, more than 400 cases of monkeypox have been reported in recent weeks, with the first case reported in May this year, SBC health officials said.
“Most people infected with monkeypox have only mild symptoms that resolve on their own after two to four weeks,” SBC health officer Dr. Sequeira said in a written statement. “The risk of contracting monkeypox is low for the general public.”
Monkeypox is mainly spread through contact with infectious wounds, scabs, or body fluids due to close personal contact.
The first two US cases of monkeypox in children have been confirmed in a record outbreak of more than 2,800 infections nationwide, according to the Washington Post.
The pediatric cases detected this week in an infant and toddler are likely the result of household transmission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with The Washington Post Live on Friday.
The CDC and public health authorities are still investigating how the children became infected.
The two cases are unrelated and fall under different jurisdictions. The toddler is in California and the infant’s case was confirmed while the family was traveling to Washington, DC, but they do not reside there, the CDC reported.
Prevention of monkeypox
Monkeypox can be spread by touching materials used by someone with monkeypox that have not been cleaned, such as clothing and bedding. It can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact.
SBC health officials suggest the following to prevent the spread of monkeypox.
- Tell your sexual partner about any recent illnesses and be aware of any new or unexplained sores or rashes on your or your partner’s body, including the genitals.
- Avoid close contact with people showing symptoms such as sores or rashes.
- Practice good hand hygiene.
- Infected people should self-isolate until their symptoms improve or disappear completely.
- A rash should always be well covered until it is completely healed.
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment (such as a mask, gown, and gloves) when caring for others with symptoms.
- Avoid contact with infected materials contaminated with the virus.
- Avoid contact with infected animals.
- Contact your healthcare provider for further testing and evaluation if you have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms. If you don’t have a health care provider, visit a public health clinic near you.
Monkey pox vaccine
San Bernardino County is partnering with health care providers across the county to make the monkeypox vaccine more widely available.
Dr Walensky said the government response is getting stronger day by day and the supply of vaccines will soon increase.
“I think we still have an opportunity to contain this,” Walensky told The Associated Press.
Two monkeypox vaccines (JYNNEOS and ACAM2000) are currently available in the United States through the Strategic National Stockpile, according to California Department of Public Health officials.
The federal government has allocated a limited number of JYNNEOS vaccine doses to Californians.
CDPH works with local health departments to make available these protective doses against monkeypox.
JYNNEOS is licensed for adults 18 years and older. It is given as a series of two-dose injections in the upper arm at least four weeks apart.
On July 19, California sent a letter to CDCP outlining a request for additional vaccine doses.
To learn more about monkeypox, visit wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/monkeypox or call the Communicable Diseases Section at 800-722-4794.
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