Public well being authorities in Sacramento County reported Tuesday a suspected case of monkeypox in an individual who not too long ago traveled in Europe.
If confirmed by the California Division of Public Well being and the CDC, it will be the primary case of the African illness in California.
“This case seems to be associated to latest journey to Europe,” mentioned Sacramento County Public Well being Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “Public Well being is working with CDPH to conduct contact tracing, and danger to most people is extraordinarily low.”
The World Well being Group has investigated 237 suspected and confirmed circumstances of the virus in 19 nations since early Might.
Monkeypox is a virus associated to smallpox that’s endemic to components of west and central Africa. It sometimes causes a light an infection and rash.
Scientists don’t anticipate the latest outbreak to evolve right into a pandemic like COVID-19, given the virus doesn’t unfold simply.
However, U.S. well being officers are within the technique of releasing some vaccine doses to be used in monkeypox circumstances, the CDC mentioned on Monday.
CDC officers mentioned there are greater than 1,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, accredited in the US in 2019, within the nationwide stockpile and so they anticipate that stage to ramp up in a short time within the coming weeks.