At least 419 Mpox cases reported in San Diego region

SAN DIEGO — The California Department of Public Health released an update Friday on the state’s Mpox outbreak, confirming a total of 419 reported cases in the San Diego region.

Data released by CDPH’s Division of Infectious Disease Control shows the area with the third highest number of cases in the entire state. Neighboring Los Angeles topped the list with a total of 2,049 cases.

Collectively, the Golden State as a whole has reported a whopping 5,136 probable and confirmed cases of the disease with one confirmed death.

CDPH encourages the public to know what signs to look for, explaining Mpox as a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion and enlarged lymph nodes. Symptoms usually begin 7-14 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of Mpox, health professionals advise the following measures:

– Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

– Avoid any physical contact such as hugging, kissing or sexual intimacy with people who have symptoms of monkeypox, including rashes or sores.

— Do not share cutlery or cups with a person who has monkeypox.
— Do not handle or touch bedding, towels, clothing, or other fabrics that have been in contact with a person who has monkeypox.

State public health officials said they have received over 165,000 Mpox vaccines for the public. Those looking for additional resources can visit CDPH monkeybox information page.

According to the CDC, the contagious illness can last two to four weeks and can be fatal.

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