SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A sixth and seventh case of monkeypox was detected in Sacramento County, and unlike the first five cases, these new cases are associated with travel within the United States.
“A lot has happened in the last couple of years. It’s just annoying,” said Sean Wilson, who travels from Sacramento to Alaska.
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But concern has risen again after the Sacramento County Department of Public Health confirmed that there are currently seven cases of monkeypox in the area.
“We have no evidence of accidental transmission. It appears to be long-term human contact and so we don’t expect it to be as widespread as it is with COVID,” said Dr. Dean Bloomber, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, Davis.
As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC has confirmed 100 cases of monkeypox across the country, with Sacramento County alone accounting for 7% of them.
So is Sacramento County ready to help, and how?
“There are two available vaccines used against monkeypox. One for monkeypox and smallpox, and one for smallpox, which provides some protection,” Bloomberg said.
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The smallpox virus was eradicated in 1970, and although the federal government has stopped mass production of the vaccine, they are producing it in small quantities.
“The federal government has a stockpile of these vaccines in case of a bioterrorist attack using the smallpox virus, so we have the vaccines,” Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg says the CDC is distributing a limited supply to each state, which will allocate them to county health departments.
“Public health will make it available to people at high risk of infection,” he said.
Sacramento County confirmed to CBS13 that after close contact tracing, they have administered 30 vaccines to people exposed to the virus.
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Monkeypox symptoms can last from 5 to 21 days and include fever, headache, muscle aches and chills.