The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the state of California on Thursday in Sacramento County.
As of press time, monkeypox has been detected in eight states, totaling 10 cases, according to the CDC website. While case count is still low, the CDC recommends individuals with consistent symptoms, who are also recent travelers returning from West Africa or any nation with reported cases, seek medical attention.
There already exists a vaccine for monkeypox for which the CDC is recommending certain individuals to receive. Individuals include providers who administer the vaccine, medical personnel who treat individuals who have contracted the disease and researchers or laboratory personnel who may handle the disease.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, the vaccine is a “second generation” smallpox vaccine as monkeypox and smallpox are members of the same genus, Orthopoxvirus.
“CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox,” reads the CDC’s monkeypox dashboard. “CDC is working with state and local health officials to identify people who may have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for monkeypox, so they can monitor their health.”