San Diego County health officials reported Wednesday that two probable cases of monkeypox have been identified.
The probable cases must be verified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These would be the first cases to be found in San Diego County.
The two cases are unrelated to each other, but both individuals recently traveled internationally. Although symptomatic, they are doing well and are not hospitalized. Both individuals are isolated from others.
“We have seen an increasing number of cases of the monkeypox virus across the world and in the U.S. in recent weeks, so our public health department was prepared for possible local cases,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Overall, the risk of monkeypox to the general population remains very low.”
Both cases are currently listed as probable as all suspected cases of monkeypox must receive final confirmation from the CDC. Confirmation is expected in the coming days.
“The arrival of these probable cases in our region is not a surprise, but rather has been expected,” said Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Our public health leaders are confident there is very little risk of exposure to the majority of County residents.”
According to the CDC Wednesday, 84 total confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases have been reported from 18 states and the District of Columbia.
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