Merced County has confirmed its first case of MPX (previously known as monkeypox). The affected individual is doing well and recovering at home in isolation. All known contacts have been identified and provided with vaccines, also known as PEP (Post Exposure Prophylactic) to minimize the risk and severity of infection. The risk to the general public remains low.
Transmission of MPX virus typically occurs through close, personal, and often skin-to-skin contact. Less frequently, transmission may occur through touching objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, or towels) that have been used by someone with MPX, or from infected animals.
Symptoms of MPX can mimic the flu and include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. In addition, the person can develop a rash or sores. The sores will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing. They can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful and itchy. The illness typically lasts for 2−4 weeks.
The California Department of Public Health has released a comprehensive website on MPX transmission, safety measures and information for clinicians. Further information can be found at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Monkeypox.aspx
We can help prevent the spread of MPX infection by:
Practicing good hand hygiene
Avoiding close contact with individuals with MPX symptoms
Remining vigilant for any developing symptoms if you have had close contact or exposure with an individual with MPX.
If you suspect that you are developing symptoms, please contact your primary care provider immediately.