CDC identifies first suspected case of monkeypox in Alameda County

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Health officials discovered the first suspected case of monkeypox in Alameda County on Thursday, as first reported by SF Chronicle.

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Health officials discovered the first suspected case of monkeypox in Alameda County on Thursday, as first reported by SF Chronicle.

The individual in question tested positive for orthopox, an umbrella group of viruses that includes monkeypox, after coming into contact with another individual who tested positive earlier.

Preliminary testing was conducted on the individual by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional testing will confirm if the virus is monkeypox.

If confirmed, this will be the eighth case of monkeypox detected in California and one of 40 cases detected in the United States.

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