San Francisco officials confirm 3 more situations of monkeypox
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — The San Francisco Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that three additional probable situations of monkeypox have been identified in San Francisco residents by testing. If confirmed, these three situations bring the total infections so far to four, officials said.
The U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC) is currently confirming the new situations and will report to SFDPH, officials said.
First ‘probable’ monkeypox case detected in SF, health officials say
One of the individuals has recently traveled within the U.S. and the other two have not. All three are in isolation and good health, the City said. The virus’ risk to the population is believed to be “low,” according to experts.
It is passed by close physical contact such as sex, kissing, sharing bedding or clothing, or breathing in close closeness to another. Officials stress that catching monkeypox is scarce, but they do anticipate more situations in San Francisco.
A vaccine will soon be obtainable for preventative use in people who are identified as close contacts, the SFDPH said. For more information, go to SF.gov/monkeypox
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