First probable monkeypox infection reported in Santa Clara County

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The Santa Clara County Public Health Department said Thursday that it was investigating its first suspected case of monkeypox in a resident who likely became infected on an international trip.

The county’s announcement marks California’s latest reported case of the rare virus — a milder version of smallpox. The first case detected in the state came from a Sacramento County resident in late May. That was followed by a case recorded in San Francisco earlier this month.

Santa Clara County officials are working with the State of California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the case.

The person reportedly infected had tested positive while seeking medical care. The individual is now in isolation and confirmation of the case is pending testing from the CDC. County health officials said they are following up with people who the individual may have had close contact with.

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