Alameda County reports first confirmed monkeypox case
Amy Graff, SFGATE
June 9, 2022
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.