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Monkeypox: First probable virus case found in Washoe County, Nevada – Reno Gazette Journal

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The Washoe County Health District reported its first probable case of monkeypox  Thursday morning. 
The case is a man in his 20s who recently traveled domestically, according to the health district. He is isolating at home and does not need to be hospitalized. 
Five monkeypox cases have been identified in Clark County as of July 11, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. As of Friday, more than 1,800 U.S. cases had been reported, with hundreds being added to the tally each day. Nearly all are men and the vast majority had same-sex encounters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Washoe County Health District conducted contact tracing and determined that no additional cases have been identified. 
The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory sent a specimen to the CDC for confirmation of monkeypox. 
“We would advise people to be mindful of the symptoms of monkeypox and contact your medical provider if you develop those symptoms,” Washoe District Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a press statement. “Our staff is working diligently to prevent future transmission but it’s up to all of us to be aware of monkeypox and take steps to prevent contracting it.”
According to the CDC, monkeypox is rare and spreads through close physical contact. Monkeypox is in the same family as smallpox and is rarely fatal, the press statement said. 
Residents who suspect they are sick should contact their primary care physical or other medical provider, and should notify the office before entering the physical space, the press statement said.
Monkeypox vaccines are not available to the general public in Washoe County at this time. When the outbreak was first identified in May, U.S. officials had only about 2,000 doses of a new, two-dose monkeypox vaccine available.
Officials have recommended the shots be given to people who know or suspect they were exposed to monkeypox in the previous two weeks, and vaccination clinics in some cities have been overwhelmed by demand. The government distributed 156,000 doses nationally as of Thursday, including 100,000 this week. And it expects to start delivering 131,000 more doses by Monday, said Dawn O’Connell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
There also are about 800,000 doses in Denmark that will come to the U.S. soon. And the government this month announced orders of 5 million more doses, though most of those are not expected to arrive until next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at koh@rgj.com or at 775-420-1285  Please help support her work by subscribing

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