SAN FRANCISCO – At least three probable cases of the Monkeypox have been identified in San Francisco, health officials said Thursday, nearly one week after the first case was reported in the city.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) said the latest cases were identified at a California Department of Public Health lab in Richmond. One of the individuals reported traveling within the U.S. recently, while the other two people did not.
The cases were announced on the same day Alameda County health officials identified its first Monkeypox case. The illness, which often begins as flu-like symptoms, leads to a distinctive rash or sores on the skin.
Health officials said Monkeypox can spread through close contact, breathing at “very close” range or sharing bedding and clothing. While cases are popping up in the U.S. and internationally, officials also stressed that the disease is rare and other contagious illnesses can cause rash or skin lesions.