Monkeypox in California: Sacramento Co. health officials investigate first probable case linked to travel to Europe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) — Sacramento Co. health officials are investigating a probable case of monkeypox linked to travel in Europe — the first reported in California.

The patient under investigation recently traveled to areas of Europe where cases of monkeypox have been confirmed and is currently in home isolation.

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The traveler was not in contact with other people. Officials say the risk to the general public is very low.

Health officials say confirmatory testing from the CDC is pending but, based on symptoms and preliminary testing, this is likely a confirmed case of monkeypox.

A Massachusetts resident who tested positive for monkeypox was the first case of the rare virus detected in the United States this year.

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