San Bernardino County confirmed its first monkeypox case Friday, July 22.
The case occurred in a male Fontana resident who recently traveled out of state, county health officials announced in a news release.
Riverside County recently reported its sixth such case.
“Most people who become infected with Monkeypox experience only mild symptoms that resolve on their own after 2-4 weeks,” county Health Officer Michael Sequeira said in a statement. “The risk of contracting Monkeypox is low for the general public.”
Monkeypox cases have risen globally in recent months, alerting public health officials.
The virus spreads primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs or body fluids, especially as a result of close personal contact, county health officials said.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and a rash that looks like pimples or blisters.
San Bernardino County is partnering with local healthcare providers to make the monkeypox vaccine more widely available, according to the news release.