What's the Monkeypox Status in Our Area? 

Across California, a combined total of 1,310 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox had been detected as of Aug. 4, 2022, including 27 patients who were hospitalized, the California Department of Public Health reported. No cases had been detected in Shasta County as of Aug. 5, 2022.

Monkeypox: Get the Facts

● Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus
● Monkeypox can make you sick, including getting a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness
● Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
       οƒΌ Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores or scabs
       οƒΌ Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox
       οƒΌ Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox
● This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
       οƒΌ Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person
with monkeypox
       οƒΌ Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
       οƒΌ Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person
with monkeypox, such as bedding, towels and sex toys
● The virus can be spread in fluid or pus from monkeypox sores, and health care providers are trying to better understand if the virus could be present in semen, vaginal fluids or other body fluids


What Are the Symptoms? 

● Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include:
       οΆ Fever
       οΆ Headache
       οΆ Muscle aches and backache
       οΆ Swollen lymph nodes
       οΆ Chills
       οΆ Exhaustion
● A rash or sores, sometimes located on or near the genitals or anus, but sometimes in other areas like the hands, feet, chest or face – sores will go through several stages before healing
● Sores may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus
● Some people experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms and some only experience a rash or sores
● Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed – this can take several weeks

If You Have a New or Unexplained Rash, Sores, or Other Symptoms...

● See your healthcare provider; if you don’t have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you
● When you see a healthcare provider for possible monkeypox, remind them that this virus is circulating in the community
● Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out

If You or Your Partner Have Monkeypox...

● Follow the treatment and prevention recommendations of your healthcare provider
● Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until all your sores have healed and you have a fresh layer of skin formed.

Flyers with More Information

Click these links for printable flyers:

Monkeypox: Get the Facts (same information as above) 

Social Gatherings, Safer Sex and Monkeypox (two pages)

What Gay and Bisexual Men Need to Know about Monkeypox

Statewide Information on Monkeypox

For detected case rates by county, a chart of California's onset of symptoms, a comparison of monkeypox to COVID-19, and more, visit the California Department of Public Health's pages on monkeypox