Yolo County reports first confirmed Monkeypox case

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Yolo County has its first confirmed case of monkeypox (now known as MPX), making the county the 33rd local jurisdiction in California to report a case.

The United States has identified 11,890 cases to date, 1,945 of which are in California.

“Given the recent detection of MPX cases in many nearby counties, it is not surprising that Yolo County has now identified its first case of MPX,” said Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson.

“The MPX virus can infect anyone,” she said. “The overall risk level is currently low, but it is important for everybody to understand how the virus spreads and how to protect against infection. MPX virus is typically spread through direct contact with infectious sores, often through sex. Many of the cases in the current outbreak have occurred in men who have sex with men, and members of these communities are especially advised to take steps to protect themselves against infection.”

MPX is an infectious disease spread by close physical contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching contaminated items like clothing and bedding. MPX can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face interactions with an infected person. MPX is not spread through casual conversations or by walking past someone with MPX, the county reported.

Infection might start with symptoms like the flu, including fever, low energy, swollen lymph nodes and general body aches. Within one to three days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the individual can develop a rash or sores.

The sores, which will go through several stages, including blisters, pustules, and scabs, before healing, may be painful or itchy. The rash or sores may be located on or near the genitals or anus, but could also be on the hands, feet, chest or face.

People with MPX may experience all or only a few of these symptoms, although nearly all people with MPX will get the rash or sores. It can take several weeks for all sores to heal and the scabs to fall off, at which point the person is no longer infectious. In California, up to 3 percent of individuals infected with MPX have been hospitalized during the current outbreak.

Sisson noted that MPX infection can be prevented by talking to sexual partners about any recent illness or sores and by avoiding close contact, including sex, with people who have sores or rashes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with MPX should contact their healthcare provider for testing and treatment. Antiviral treatments are available and vaccines are available for close contacts of infected persons, including their sexual partners.

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