The monkeypox virus is typically found in central and western Africa. However, since the spring of 2022 there have been cases of monkeypox in many other countries, including the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox to be a global health emergency. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), as of July 21, 2022, there were 434 confirmed cases in California, including one pediatric case. There have been no cases reported in Tehama County. Although the sudden spread of monkeypox can be concerning, it is important to keep some things in mind. Monkeypox is not a new virus, it was discovered in 1958, and is much less contagious than COVID-19. However, be alert because monkeypox can be painful and make individuals very sick.
If you have symptoms or believe you were exposed, talk to a health care provider as soon as possible and discuss testing and treatment options. Also cover any sores on your skin and isolate from others (including using separate towels, bedding, utensils, etc.) until the rash is gone and the open lesions have healed.
For more information contact: Tehama County Health Services Agency – Public Health Red
Bluff: (530) 527-6824; Corning: (530) 824-4890; or Toll Free: 1-800-655-6854
Please see full Public Service Announcement: PSA Monkeypox 2022 07-26-22 Eng-Spa