Riverside County now has six confirmed or probable cases of monkeypox, a public health spokesperson said Tuesday, July 19.
The latest probable case involves an eastern county resident under age 50 who did not need to be hospitalized, Jose Arballo Jr. wrote on Twitter.
RivCo Public Health is reporting another probable Monkeypox case. This individual is an eastern Riverside County resident under 50 who did not require hospitalization. Total is now 6 confirmed/probable cases.
— Jose Arballo (@rivcohealthpio) July 19, 2022
The person was not identified. Cases are considered probable until confirmed by lab testing.
While monkeypox has been around for decades, a global rise in cases has public health officials on alert. Symptoms of the virus, which is spread through direct contact with an infected person’s sores or bodily fluids, include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and a rash that looks like pimples or blisters.
So far, all six Riverside County cases have been in the county’s eastern half. The county’s public health department is providing monkeypox vaccines to some health care providers in the Coachella Valley, a news release issued Tuesday states.
The department “will continue to maintain a supply of the monkeypox vaccine that could be used in the event of a large-scale exposure,” the release states.