Santa Cruz County reports first possible case of monkeypox

ERA:IK NOW TO 5 ON YOUR HEALTH, THE NUMBER OF MONKEYX POCASES IN THE U.S. HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE PAST WEEK TO 21 PATIENTS. HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IS DR. SIMONE WILDES, AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AT SOUTH SHORE HEALTH. THANKS FOR BEING WITH US. .DR WILDES: THANK YOU. SHAY:NA THE CDC RELEASED WNE DETAILS TODAY ABOUT THE CURRENT OUTBREAK. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABO TUT PATIENTS? DR. WILS:DE THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. REALLY GREAT QUESTION. IT IS IMPORTANT THATE W AS PUBLIC HEALTH AND CLINICIANS LEARN ALL WE CAN ABOUT MONKEYPOX SO WE CAN IBENFORMED. THE CLASSIC PATIENT OR THE TEXTOKBO PATIENT USUALLY PRESENTS WHIT FEVERS, THEY HAVE HEADACHES, BODY ACHES, AND THEN THEY HAVE SWOLLEN LYH NODES AND THEN A FEW DAYS LATER, THEY GET A RASH, WHICH USUALLY STASRT ON THEIR FACE AND THEN SPREADS TO THE REST OF THE BODY. WHAT THE CDCAS H FOUND IN THE 21 CASES, THEY HAVE A TYPICAL PRESENTATION, MEANING THEY DON’T HAVE THE CLASSIC RASH THAT STARTS ON THE FACE, IT IS USUALLY RASH IN THE GENERAL AREA OR THAT A NO AREA — GENITAL AREAR O ALNA AREA, AND ALSO, PATIENTS MAY NOT HAVE FEVERS OR SYMPTOMS. WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE TEXTBOOK CASE DAN THAT A TYPICAL PRESENTATION SO WE CAN IDENTIFY THE PATIENTS QUICKLY. ERIKA: AS YOU KNOW, THE FIRST CASE IN THIS OUTBREAK WAS IDENTIFIED ON MAY 17 IN MASSACHUSES.TT IF YOU LOOK AT THIS MAP,EA HLTH OFFICIALS HAVE NOW CONFIRMED CASES IN 10 OTHER STATES. ARE YOU CONCERNED THIS VIRUS MAY BE SPREADING WITHIN COMMUNITS?IE DR. WILDES: YES. THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF CASES WE HAVE SEEN ACROSS THE COTRUNY. WH IAT WILL SAY IS THAT THE CDC HAS IMPLEMENTED CERTAIN INITIATIVES THAT WILL HELP US TO TRKAC, MANAGE, AND MONITOR THESE CASES, SO THE A GREAT GUIDE TO HELP US GOING FORWARD. SHAY:NA THE CDC NOW SAYS, HE MADE FOUR TRIPS TO OUTPATITEN CLINICS TO GET A DIAGNOSIS FOR HIS RASH, BUT NO ONE CONSIDERED MONKEYPOX UNTIL HE WAS HOSPITALIZ. IS THAT PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THESE UNUSUAL VIRUSES? THEY SPREAD UNDETECTED BECAUSE NO ONE IS LOOKING FOTH?R DR. WILDES: YEAH, ABSOLUTY.EL THATS I THE CASE. WHAT WE DO FIND IS THAT MONKEYPOX CAN PRESTEN SIMILAR TO OTHER INFECTIONS AND, HENCE, THAT WILL CONFUSE CONDITIONS AND PATIENTS ALIKE. IHI TNK IT IS REALLY IMPORNTTA THAT WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT MONKEYPOX, DISSEMINATING AS MUCH INFORMATION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO THAT THEY CAN BE AWARE AND CLINICIANS ARE NOW ON HEIGHTEDEN AWARESSNE ABOUT MONKEYPOX SO WHEN PATIENTS COME IN, WE ARE TUNED IN AND BETRTE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PATIENTS QUICKLY. ERIKA: DR. SIMEON WILDES, THANK YOU. AND TO OUR VIEWERS, IF YOU HAVE COVID RELATED QUESTIONS THAT YOU’D LIKE OUR EXPERTS TO AN

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First probable case of monkeypox diagnosed in Santa Cruz County resident

Santa Cruz County public health officials are investigating a “likely” case of monkeypox virus.“We want to emphasize that this is not a disease that spreads easily through the air like COVID-19. However, we do want people who might have been exposed to watch for symptoms and to seek medical care if they develop symptoms,” said Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel.Monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human or materials like clothing or bedding contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through the broken skin, respiratory tract, or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose.Individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox, or who have symptoms, should immediately contact a health care provider for evaluation and guidance. Clinicians should report suspected monkeypox cases to the Santa Cruz County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit by calling 831-454-4114.Protect yourself from monkeypox.Consider wearing a well-fitted mask and covering exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds.Don’t share bedding, clothing, and food or drink with others who exhibit symptoms of monkeypox.Talk with close physical contacts about their general health including recent rashes and sores.Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks.If you have symptoms, particularly a rash consistent with monkeypox, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox, take the following steps.Cover the area of the rash with clean, dry, loose-fitting clothing.Wear a well-fitted mask.Avoid skin-to-skin, or close contact with others, including sexual contact, until a medical evaluation has been completed.Contact a health care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation.Assist public health officials to track others who may have been exposed.Inform sex partners and other close contacts of symptoms.For additional information:Monterey County Health Department website: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/diseases/monkeypoxCDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.htmlWhat is monkeypox? What are the symptoms?Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes chills, and exhaustion. The patient can also develop a rash days later that often begins in the face and spreads to other parts of the body. It can cause lesions. The illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as their first symptom, Kasirye said.Kasirye said that monkeypox “is not as transmissible as COVID” and all cases so far have been “mild.”| MORE | Health experts caution against panic, encourage awareness about monkeypox outbreakMonkeypox was first identified in 1958 and mostly is found in Central and West African countries, CDPH says.There have been occasional cases in the U.S., including a 2003 outbreak in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin from imported prairie dogs that had 47 confirmed and probable cases.

Santa Cruz County public health officials are investigating a “likely” case of monkeypox virus.

“We want to emphasize that this is not a disease that spreads easily through the air like COVID-19. However, we do want people who might have been exposed to watch for symptoms and to seek medical care if they develop symptoms,” said Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel.

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

Individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox, or who have symptoms, should immediately contact a health care provider for evaluation and guidance. Clinicians should report suspected monkeypox cases to the Santa Cruz County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit by calling 831-454-4114.

Protect yourself from monkeypox.

  • Consider wearing a well-fitted mask and covering exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds.
  • Don’t share bedding, clothing, and food or drink with others who exhibit symptoms of monkeypox.
  • Talk with close physical contacts about their general health including recent rashes and sores.
  • Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks.

If you have symptoms, particularly a rash consistent with monkeypox, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox, take the following steps.

  • Cover the area of the rash with clean, dry, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin, or close contact with others, including sexual contact, until a medical evaluation has been completed.
  • Contact a health care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation.
  • Assist public health officials to track others who may have been exposed.
  • Inform sex partners and other close contacts of symptoms.

For additional information:

What is monkeypox? What are the symptoms?

Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes chills, and exhaustion. The patient can also develop a rash days later that often begins in the face and spreads to other parts of the body. It can cause lesions. The illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. Some people only develop the rash as their first symptom, Kasirye said.

Kasirye said that monkeypox “is not as transmissible as COVID” and all cases so far have been “mild.”

| MORE | Health experts caution against panic, encourage awareness about monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and mostly is found in Central and West African countries, CDPH says.

There have been occasional cases in the U.S., 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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