Riverside County Reports 7 Additional Monkeypox Cases

Tiani Jadulang

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Riverside
County rose to three, while probable cases rose to 10, under updated
numbers released today.

Jose Arballo, spokesman for Riverside University Health System, said
all of the cases are in men, described only as between 30 and 60 years old, all
in Eastern Riverside County.

He told City News Service that county health officials have
distributed 116 doses of monkeypox vaccines to DAP Health, Eisenhower Health,
Borrego Health and RUHS’ HIV clinic in the Coachella Valley from the county’s
limited supply.

He added that the county had a little more than 1,000 doses of the two-
dose-regimen JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine, enough for about 500 people, before
they were distributed into the Coachella Valley.

“By sharing the vaccine, which is in limited supply, we wanted to
make it as easy as possible for patients to get the shot if they and their
medical provider agree it is appropriate,” Kim Saruwatari, director of public
health, said in a statement.

A portion of Riverside County’s supply of the JYNNEOS vaccines will be
maintained by Public Health in case a large-scale exposure event occurs,
according to a statement from RUHS.

The county is also working with community partners to expand the
eligibility for the two-shot vaccines to include at-risk individuals, and to
set up treatment sites with Tecovirimat — an antiviral medication used to
treat orthopoxvirus infections like monkeypox — for patients, according to a
statement from RUHS.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California
Department of Public Health advise that the vaccine be prioritized for high-
risk and exposed patients.

Over the weekend, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a
“public health emergency of international concern.”

As of Friday, a total of 356 monkeypox cases were confirmed in
California — the second-highest of any state, behind New York’s 900 — while
nationwide, the aggregate count was at 2,891, according to the latest Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Monkeypox is generally spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact,
resulting from infectious rashes and scabs, though respiratory secretions and
bodily fluids exchanged during extended physical episodes, such as sexual
intercourse, can also lead to transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control.

Symptoms include fresh pimples, blisters, rashes, fever and fatigue.
There is no specific treatment. People who have been infected with smallpox, or
have been vaccinated for it, may have immunity to monkeypox.

People with symptoms are urged to visit a medical provider, cover the
rash area with clothing, wear a mask and avoid close or skin-to-skin contact
with others.

The CDC particularly recommends those steps for people who recently
traveled to an area where monkeypox cases have been reported or who have had
contact with a confirmed or suspected monkeypox case.

A full list of countries that have confirmed monkeypox cases is
available at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/monkeypox.

A state-by-state tally of cases is available at
http://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/us-map.html.

Copyright 2022, City News Service, Inc.

CNS-07-25-2022 11:05

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