September 26, 2022
More probable monkeypox cases in San Francisco and 1st for Alameda County

The Bay Area has its first probable case of monkeypox after San Francisco’s health department reported on Friday that a resident who traveled to an area with an outbreak is a presumed case. Health officials say they are prepared for this case and others should more occur. The individual is isolating and is said to be in good condition.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – Alameda County’s health care service agency on Thursday announced its first probable monkeypox case. Later in the evening, San Francisco health officials said they had three additional probable cases of the diseases. 

The Alameda County patient tested positive for Orthopox, the genus of virus that is associated with smallpox and monkeypox, according to health officials. Now, the health department is awaiting pending results from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm if this was a monkeypox infection. 

The suspected patient had close contact with a person who recently tested positive for Orthopox, according to a news release. Health officials said having close physical contact, including sex, with multiple people can put a person at higher risk for monkeypox. 

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