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Chimerix, Inc.

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Monkeypox ‘likely’ in Sacramento County patient who recently traveled to Europe, health officials say

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — Sacramento County public health officials are investigating a “likely” case of monkeypox virus related to travel in Europe, officials announced Tuesday morning. The patient still needs confirmation testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, but officials say monkeypox confirmation is likely based on symptoms. (Video above: Sacramento County health officials will be giving a briefing at 9:30 a.m. ) The person is isolated at home, and officials said risk to the general public is "extremely low." Monkeypox virus can be transmitted when a person comes into contact with an animal, human or materials contaminated with the virus. The virus can enter the body through the broken skin, respiratory tract, or mucous membranes, which include the eyes, mouth and nose. Health officials say that monkeypox is a rare diagnosis in the United States, as it does not naturally occur in the country. “This case appears to be related to recent travel to Europe,” said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer, in a prepared statement. “Public Health is working with CDPH to conduct contact tracing, and risk to the general public is extremely low.” Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes chills, and exhaustion. The patient can also develop a rash days later that often begins in the face to other parts of the body, and the illness can last anywhere from two to four weeks. | MORE | Health experts caution against panic, encourage awareness about monkeypox outbreak Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and mostly is found in Central and West African countries, CDPH says. There have been occasional cases in the United States. The CDC said it is tracking “clusters” of cases in Europe and North America. “It’s not clear how people in those clusters were exposed to monkeypox but cases include people who self-identify as men who have sex with men," the CDC said. "CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation." The virus has popped up in several countries recently, something health experts say is unusual. In the U.S., the CDC has confirmed one case of monkeypox in Massachusetts. Four other cases of orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses monkeypox and smallpox belong to, have been confirmed in New York, Florida and Utah. Those cases are undergoing further testing to confirm they are monkeypox. So far, of the confirmed monkeypox and orthopox cases, the CDC said all are men who have traveled outside of the country.

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