In May 2022 new cases of a rare infection called Monkeypox, typically limited to Africa, began spreading within Europe and North America. This infection is a milder form of smallpox that has seen a gradual increase in cases over the last decade. We understand there is increasing concern amid the Monkeypox outbreak as we see cases increasing in the Sacramento region. We are closely monitoring the situation and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the State and County Departments of Public Health.
Symptoms we see with Monkeypox:
How does it spread:
How does it NOT spread:
Can Monkeypox be cured?
Monkeypox is able to resolve on its own after 2-4 weeks. For extreme cases, there is currently no proven cure or treatment regimen, though several new therapies are currently under development or are awaiting clinical trial. To help manage symptoms and prevent future outbreaks, we can use: antivirals, vaccinia immune globulin, and the Smallpox vaccine.
If you have a high risk for exposure and would like to learn more about whether the vaccine is right for you, please talk with your primary care physician.
Additional resources can be found below. We will keep you updated as more information is released.
Latest Resources on Monkey Pox:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Monkey Pox
Sacramento County Department of Health Services – Public Health – Monkey Pox
California Department of Public Health – Division of Communicable Disease Control – Monkey Pox
Executive Department: State of California – Proclamation of a State of Emergency
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