Fifth presumptive monkeypox case identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing

Fifth presumptive monkeypox case identified in Sacramento County through contact tracing

A fifth suspected monkeypox case has been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said on Tuesday. This comes a day after officials announced the fourth suspected case and said nearly three dozen close contacts for all the cases have received a vaccine.All of the cases have been linked to the initial case stemming from someone who had recently traveled to Europe. That case was first reported by a health provider on May 21. | VIDEO BELOW | Sac County public health officer explains contact tracing for monkeypoxPublic health officials continue to stress that the risk to the public remains low. The county now says it will share new cases on a website here. The fourth person was identified last week and the results from initial testing came back on Friday. The two new cases still needs to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sacramento County waited to alert the public about the fourth case until first notifying the individual, the California Department of Public Health and the CDC said.All of those with suspected or confirmed monkeypox cases have mild illnesses and are staying at home, Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said in a briefing on Monday. Thirty close contacts have received a monkeypox vaccine, which has to be ordered from the CDC, county officials said. 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.| RELATED | Doctors discuss facts on monkeypox amid second suspected Sacramento County caseKasirye said that each time someone is identified with the virus it starts the contact tracing process anew, which means it could be another three weeks at least before officials will know that there aren’t any new cases. 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.Kasirye stressed that monkeypox is not as contagious as COVID-19. For example, there needs to be at least three hours of contact with someone in the same space to be considered exposed, she said. 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.As of June 7, there are 35 cases across 14 U.S. states as well as Washington, DC, of monkeypox or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, from the current outbreak. The CDC has a Level 2 alert for travelers to take some precautions. Learn more here.

A fifth suspected monkeypox case has been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said on Tuesday.

This comes a day after officials announced the fourth suspected case and said nearly three dozen close contacts for all the cases have received a vaccine.

All of the cases have been linked to the initial case stemming from someone who had recently traveled to Europe. That case was first reported by a health provider on May 21.

| VIDEO BELOW | Sac County public health officer explains contact tracing for monkeypox

Public health officials continue to stress that the risk to the public remains low.

The county now says it will share new cases on a website here.

The fourth person was identified last week and the results from initial testing came back on Friday. The two new cases still needs to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sacramento County waited to alert the public about the fourth case until first notifying the individual, the California Department of Public Health and the CDC said.

All of those with suspected or confirmed monkeypox cases have mild illnesses and are staying at home, Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said in a briefing on Monday.

Thirty close contacts have received a monkeypox vaccine, which has to be ordered from the CDC, county officials said.

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.

| RELATED | Doctors discuss facts on monkeypox amid second suspected Sacramento County case

Kasirye said that each time someone is identified with the virus it starts the contact tracing process anew, which means it could be another three weeks at least before officials will know that there aren’t any new cases.

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.

Kasirye stressed that monkeypox is not as contagious as COVID-19. For example, there needs to be at least three hours of contact with someone in the same space to be considered exposed, she said.

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.

As of June 7, there are 35 cases across 14 U.S. states as well as Washington, DC, of monkeypox or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, from the current outbreak. The CDC has a Level 2 alert for travelers to take some precautions. Learn more here.

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