Second suspected monkeypox case identified in Sacramento County

The second suspected monkeypox case has been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said on Friday, according to health officials.

The announcement from the Sacramento County Public Health Department on Friday came days after the first suspected case in California was reported in the county. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tested the initial sample and confirmed the monkeypox diagnosis, health officials said.

The first patient had just returned from travels in Europe, according to the Chronicle. The second suspected case is a close contact of the initial patient. 

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Both individuals have been isolating at home and have not been in contact with others, health officials said. 

Symptoms of monkeypox include: fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes chills and exhaustion. 

Monkeypox can be spread through close contact with an infected person or their clothing or bedsheets.

The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days. The illness typically lasts for two to four weeks.