Riverside County reports first possible Monkeypox case

A reactive to test suspected monkeypox samples is seen inside a fridge at a microbiology laboratory.
A reactive to test suspected monkeypox samples is seen inside a fridge at a microbiology laboratory. Photo credit Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KNX) — Riverside County has reported its first suspected case of monkeypox Wednesday morning, just weeks after public health officials discovered a series of similar infections in Los Angeles County.

"Tests conducted on tissue samples from the unidentified man from eastern Riverside County showed a preliminary positive for an orthopoxvirus," the county's health department said, noting it would send samples to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab for monkeypox confirmation.

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According to the statement, the individual, only identified as someone under 60, did not require hospitalization.

"We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the case to determine the best course of action moving forward," said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County. "Given that there have been other probable cases in the region it is not surprising that we would have one in Riverside County."

Nearby, Los Angeles County has reported three cases, while San Diego County has reported one. Most of those infected traveled before contracting the virus.

Despite the growing number of cases, the CDC maintains the current threat to the population is "low."

Monkeypox symptoms include body aches, fever, and rash. It is not a sexually transmitted disease, but it spreads through close, intimate contact, with lesions that spread.

There is no known cure for monkeypox, but several treatments can help with symptoms.

CBS Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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