sábado, junio 22

First confirmed case of Monkeypox in Imperial County

IMPERIAL COUNTY, California- The Imperial County Public Health Department announced on Tuesday, August 2th, 2022, that a confirmed case of Monkeypox has been reported in an Imperial County resident who was exposed, evaluated, and tested outside the county. Identifying information about the individual will not be shared due to privacy reasons.
To date, no other suspect case has tested positive.
Cases of Monkeypox have recently been identified in some countries where the virus is not typically found, including the United States, and appear to have spread through human-to-human contact.
In California, as of July 28, 2022, there has been 786 probable or confirmed cases of Monkeypox. While Monkeypox can affect anyone, many of the recent cases in 2022 have occurred among persons self-identifying as men who have sex with men. The risk of Monkeypox to the public is currently low based on the information that is available.
Dr. Stephen Munday, Imperial County Health Officer stated, “it is important for the public to know that Monkeypox is not a disease that spreads easily through the air live COVID-19 and close physical contact is how it is the most likely to spread. We want individual who might have been exposed to watch out for symptoms, especially fever or rash, and see a medical provider immediately if they have symptoms.” Other symptoms of Monkeypox can include headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms (e.g., sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough), and a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
People may experience all or only a few symptoms. Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later.
Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to work with local health departments to preposition treatment and vaccine doses to ensure that they are available quickly to those most in need. The State has distributed over 25,000 vaccine doses to local public health departments and some mobile clinics and will make additional allocations in the coming days and weeks.
CDPH allocates doses to local departments based on a number of factors, including the number of reported Monkeypox cases in an area and estimate of at-risk populations. To date, Imperial County has been allocated 40 Monkeypox vaccine doses. The Imperial County Public Health Department will continue to work with local healthcare providers who serve at-risk populations in the redistribution of JYNNEOS (Monkeypox) vaccine doses, as needed. Although doses of the vaccine are limited, the strategy will provide protection to those most at risk of Monkeypox infection. If individuals believe they have been exposed to Monkeypox and have symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
The Monkeypox virus can spread by touching Monkeypox lesions on a person’s skin, touching contaminated objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, towels), and surfaces that have been in contact with someone with Monkeypox and coming into contact with respiratory droplets or secretions from the eyes, nose and mouth from a person with Monkeypox. To prevent the spread of the Monkeypox virus, persons should avoid oral, anal, and vaginal sex, or touching the genitals or anus of someone with Monkeypox, as well as hugging, massaging, or kissing someone with known or suspect Monkeypox.
They should also maintain at least a 6-foot distance, especially if either the person who is ill or the contact is unmasked. It is also important not to touch shared fabrics, shared surfaces, and objects used by someone with Monkeypox unless they have been disinfected according to recommendations.
For information on current Monkeypox in California and the nation, visit https:/www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Monkeypox.aspx and https:/www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/us-map.html respectively. To learn more about Monkeypox and how you can protect yourself and others, go to:
-Imperial County Public Health Department:
-California Department of Public Health:
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: