Alameda County reports first confirmed monkeypox case

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Alameda County reports first confirmed monkeypox case

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Amy Graff, SFGATE

June 9, 2022

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. 
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. 

The Alameda County Health and Human Services agency reported Thursday the first probable case of monkeypox in a resident. This news comes after San Francisco reported its first case on June 4. The resident who tested positive had close contact with someone who also recently tested positive, the agency said.

The California Department of Public Health identified the case, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting additional testing to confirm it, Alameda County health officials said. 

The number of confirmed cases in California has grown to eight, but the risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low. After New York, with 11 cases, California has the second-highest number of cases in the United States, the CDC said. 

The virus spreads through direct contact with body fluids or sores on an infected person, or with materials such as clothing that have touched body fluids or sores, the CDC says. It presents as a vesicular rash, similar to chickenpox, and other symptoms can include fever, headache and chills.

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