Riverside County public health officials announce first possible case of monkeypox after man tests positive for an orthopoxvirus

Riverside County public health officials announce first possible case of monkeypox after man tests positive for an orthopoxvirus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) – Riverside County may have its first probable case of monkeypox after a person tested positive for an orthopoxvirus, public health officials announced Wednesday.

A man under the age of 60, from eastern Riverside County, showed preliminary positive results for what authorities call an orthopoxvirus. The man was seen at an outpatient facility and did not require hospitalization, public health officials said.

His identity was not revealed.

The CDC will perform additional tests to confirm if it really is monkeypox, the Riverside County Department of Public Health said.

“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the case to determine the best course of action moving forward,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside County Public Health Officer. “Given that there have been other probable cases in the region, it is not surprising that we have one in Riverside County.”

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Monkeypox is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and does not spread easily between people without close contact, according to public health officials. Symptoms include a rash that may resemble pimples or blisters and may be accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, or fatigue.

Currently, there are no specific treatments for monkeypox, but the vaccination used to prevent smallpox can be used in some limited situations, health experts say.

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