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Sacramento County calls for monkeypox vaccinations; 4 more cases

Four more possible monkeypox cases linked to interstate travel and unrelated to previously reported cases in Sacramento County have been identified, health officials said Wednesday. With the total number of cases rising to 14, health officials are expanding eligibility for monkeypox vaccination beyond those in close contact with someone who is infected. The risk to the general public is low, but people at high risk of contracting the virus should get vaccinated, Sacramento County Public Health officials said. (Previous coverage in the video above.) This category now includes men who have sex with men and, or, transgender people who meet at least one of the following criteria: Tested positive for an STD in the past two months Had two or more sexual partners in past three weeks Attended or worked in a commercial sex venue in the past three weeks Had anonymous sex in the past three weeks Engaged in transactional sex work in the past three weeks. who are in close contact with the infected. “We encourage those who meet the high-risk criteria to get vaccinated in the hope of preventing additional cases of monkeypox,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. Those interested in getting the vaccine can call 916-875-7468 to schedule an appointment. Health officials stress that while some people are at higher risk of contracting the virus, anyone can get the virus. On Tuesday, the county reported two more possible cases. It had been at least two weeks since the last case was confirmed. The California Department of Public Health said there were a total of 186 possible and confirmed cases in the state as of July 12 at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, the CDC reported 1,053 cases of monkeypox, or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, in most states as well as Washington, D.C. There were 84 cases as of June 16. Worldwide, there are more than 10,000 cases as of July 12. Learn more here. Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. The patient may also develop a rash days later that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. It can cause damage. The illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as their first symptom. Monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human or materials such as clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through the broken skin of a lesion, the respiratory tract, or the mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth, and nose. Health experts also said it is possible, in rare cases, to contract monkeypox through inhalation The incubation period is usually one to two weeks, but can range from 5-15 days, according to health officials of Sacramento County. The illness lasts two to four weeks. Monkey pox was first identified in 1958 and is found mainly in Central and West African countries. There have been occasional outbreaks in the US, including a 2003 outbreak in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin from imported prairie dogs that had 47 confirmed and probable cases.

Four more possible monkeypox cases linked to interstate travel and unrelated to previously reported cases in Sacramento County have been identified, health officials said Wednesday. With the total number of cases rising to 14, health officials are expanding eligibility for monkeypox vaccination beyond those in close contact with someone who is infected.

The risk to the general public is low, but people at high risk of contracting the virus should get vaccinated, Sacramento County Public Health officials said.

(Previous coverage in the video above.)

This category now includes men who have sex with men and, or, transgender people who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Tested positive for STDs in the last two months
  • Had two or more sexual partners in the past three weeks
  • Attended or worked in a commercial sex venue in the past three weeks
  • She has been having anonymous sex for the past three weeks
  • She has been engaged in transactional sex work for the past three weeks

The expanded guidelines for who should be vaccinated comes after the county previously offered the vaccine to people in close contact with those infected.

“We are encouraging those who meet high-risk criteria to get vaccinated in the hope of preventing additional cases of monkeypox,” said Public Health Officer Dr Olivia Kasirye.

Those interested in getting the vaccine can call 916-875-7468 to schedule an appointment.

Health officials stress that while some people are at higher risk of contracting the virus, anyone can contract it.

On Tuesday, the county reported two more possible cases. It had been at least two weeks since the last case was confirmed.

The California Department of Public Health said there were a total of 186 possible and confirmed cases in the state as of July 12 at 2 p.m.

From Wednesday, the CDC reported 1,053 cases of monkeypox, or orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that includes monkeypox, in most states and Washington, D.C. There were 84 cases as of June 16. Worldwide, there are more than 10,000 cases as of July 12. Learn more here.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. The patient may also develop a rash days later that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. It can cause damage. The illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as their first symptom.

Monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human or materials such as clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through the broken skin of a lesion, the respiratory tract, or the mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth, and nose.

Health experts also said that it is possible, in rare cases, to contract monkeypox by inhaling droplets.

The incubation period is usually one to two weeks, but can range from 5-15 days, according to Sacramento County health officials. The illness lasts two to four weeks.

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and is mainly found in Central and West African countries.

There have been occasional outbreaks in the US, including a 2003 outbreak in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin from imported prairie dogs that had 47 confirmed and probable cases.

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