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More cases of contagious monkeypox are reported in neighboring San Joaquin County

Modesto Bee - 8/3/2022

Aug. 3—The number of monkeypox cases in San Joaquin County increased to six in the latest update from public health officials.

County health officials said none of the infected San Joaquin County residents have been hospitalized. According to a public health news release Tuesday, the infected individuals are isolating at home. All have recovered or are recovering from the viral disease.

The higher count came a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to monkeypox. The disease is not as contagious as COVID-19. It is spread by contact with infectious sores, scabs or body fluid, the San Joaquin County news release said.

Monkeypox can also spread by touching items like bedding or towels used by an infected person, or through respiratory secretions during close, face-to-face contact.

The California Department of Public Health reported a case count of 1,135 statewide in an update Tuesday, an increase from 786.

According to state data, 98% of California residents infected thus far are men and 97% of cases were attributed to gay or bisexual activity, but the virus can spread through close contact with infected individuals in any population.

Stanislaus County has confirmed two cases of monkeypox. Both of the county residents had traveled outside the county.

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency has information about monkeypox at

This story was originally published August 2, 20226:03 PM.


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