S.B. County’s first case of Monkeypox is found in Fontana man | News

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a positive case of monkeypox. This single case occurred in a male Fontana resident who recently traveled out of state, the county said in a July 22 news release.

Nationwide, more than 400 cases of monkeypox have been reported in recent weeks, with the first case reported in May this year.

“Most people who contract monkeypox experience only mild symptoms that resolve on their own after 2-4 weeks,” said Dr. Michael Sequeira, county health officer. “The risk of contracting monkeypox is low for the general public.”

Monkeypox is primarily spread through direct contact with infectious sores, scabies, or bodily fluids, particularly as a result of close personal contact. Monkeypox can be spread through contact materials used by a person with monkeypox that have not been cleaned, such as clothing and bedding. It can also be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact.

There are a number of ways to prevent the spread of monkeypox, including:

• Always talking to your sexual partner(s) about any recent illness and being aware of new or unexplained sores or rashes on your or your partner’s body, including the genital areas

• Avoiding close contact with people with symptoms such as sores or rashes

• Practicing good hand hygiene

• People who become infected should be isolated until their symptoms improve or are completely gone. A rash should always be covered well until it is completely healed.

• Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) (such as a mask, gown and gloves) when caring for others with symptoms

• Avoiding contact with infected materials contaminated with the virus

• Avoiding contact with infected animals

San Bernardino County is partnering with health care providers throughout the county to make the monkeypox vaccine more available.

People who have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for further testing and evaluation. If they do not have a health care provider, they should visit a nearby public health clinic.

To learn more about Monkeypox, visit wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/monkeypox or call the Communicable Disease Section at 1 (800) 722-4794.

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