San Luis Obispo County Public Health offers health advice after first confirmed case of monkeypox
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – San Luis Obispo County Public Health is offering monkeypox health tips and information to the community after the county’s first case was confirmed this week.
“We certainly expected to have cases of monkeypox. We now have the first case, but the public should do the same due diligence, which is knowing who they have close and intimate contact with and s whether or not he has signs of monkeypox,” said SLO County Public Health Officer Penny Borenstein.
The first case of Monkeypox in a county resident was confirmed Monday.
“We may see more cases, but I don’t think people should really be worried about it. It’s a low-risk disease in general,” Penny Borenstein said.
The department did not say which part of the county the person lives in, but said they were recovering in isolation and in good condition.
“The primary way this virus spreads is through direct skin-to-skin contact, especially with someone who has broken skin,” said Penny Borenstein.
Borenstein added that for those with monkeypox, the period of isolation can be long.
“It can take 2-4 weeks. You have to self-isolate for the duration of the rash. It’s through false scabs and the scabs fall off. So unfortunately for someone with monkeypox it can mean a long period, several weeks where they have to be completely isolated from others,” Borenstein said.
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