Here Comes The ‘Pox’; Riverside County Health Officials Are Reporting The County’s First Probable Monkeypox Case
Cities of Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. Traffic light trails belong Highway 74 at sunset on cloudy day.

Tests conducted on tissue samples from the unidentified man from eastern Riverside County showed a preliminary positive for an Orthopoxvirus, and additional testing will be conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory to confirm whether it is Monkeypox, according to Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County.

The individual, who is under the age of 60, was seen in an outpatient setting and did not require hospitalization. Local health officials are coordinating with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to make sure all state recommendations and guidelines are being followed.

“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the case to determine the best course of action moving forward,” said Leung. “Given that there have been other probable cases in the region it is not surprising that we would have one in Riverside County.”

Health officials in Los Angeles and San Diego counties have also reported probable cases. There have been cases reported in various states nationally, but the CDC classifies the threat to the general population as “low.”

Monkeypox is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and does not spread easily between people without close contact. Symptoms include a rash that may look like pimples or blisters, and may be accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, or fatigue.  There are no treatments that are specific for monkeypox.  However, in limited situations, vaccination (developed to prevent smallpox) may be recommended for close contacts or those who may have been exposed to the virus.

For more information about Monkeypox, click Monkeypox Q HYPERLINK “https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Monkeypox-Questions-and-Answers.aspx”& HYPERLINK “https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Monkeypox-Questions-and-Answers.aspx”A (ca.gov) for frequently asked questions.

 

 

FILE – This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. WHO’s top monkeypox expert Dr. Rosamund Lewis said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File) used locally June 22nd 2022

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