Sonora, CA – Officials with the Tuolumne Department of Public Health have identified the first case of monkeypox in the county.

County health officials reported today, “The Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox (MPX) in a Tuolumne County resident and the case is under investigation.” The risk to the public is low.

The list below, provided by Public Health, provides ways individuals can reduce their risk of exposure:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who show symptoms
  • Having an open and honest conversation with their sexual partners before entering into intimate physical contact
  • Limiting casual sex and taking extra precautions with any intimate relationship
  • Not sharing utensils, cups, clothes, towels, and bedding with individuals who display signs.
  • Use appropriate PPE when caring for symptomatic individuals and when handling contaminated items such as clothing or bed linens.

Regarding the monkeypox vaccine, the Department of Public Health said, “Our team is coordinating with the California Department of Public Health to find vaccines that meet the requirements for those at high risk.”

Both Mariposa and Calaveras received the vaccine. Last month, Calaveras opened a monkeypox clinic to distribute the vaccine to those in need. As detailed here. More information about monkeypox, including symptoms and prevention; It can be viewed by clicking here.

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