Statement on Suspected Monkeypox Case in Sacramento County

May 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee made the following statement regarding a suspected case of monkeypox in Sacramento County:

“With the emergence of a suspected case of monkeypox in Sacramento County from an individual who recently returned from traveling abroad in Europe, it is a good reminder of the critical work that our public health and medical professionals do daily to keep our community safe and healthy from infectious diseases. Swift action and close monitoring by Sacramento County Public Health, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to isolate the suspected infectious individual and contact trace their interactions mean there is little risk of spread to the public. Further, the public should be comforted knowing it is highly unlikely an individual contracting monkeypox virus would die given the availability of highly effective treatments in California and the United States.

Well-funded and fully staffed public health departments equipped with necessary viral surveillance and testing tools help us quickly identify emerging health threats, and isolate infectious individuals, helping protect life and treat people resulting in the best possible health outcomes. Individuals should continue to take prudent measures to protect their good health by following recommendations from trusted evidence-based sources including your physician and medical professional societies and public health departments. These include hand washing, wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces, and making sure they and their family are vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, measles, rubella, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza and COVID-19.”