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First Monkeypox case reported in Tri-Counties

Ventura County has reported its first diagnosed case of Monkeypox.

Adult diagnosed with the virus on Friday.

The first case of the Monkeypox virus in the Tri-Counties is now being reported. Ventura County Public Health officials say an adult case was confirmed in the county on Friday.

The health department is doing contact tracing to identifying anyone who may have had close contact with the person. The virus can be spread through contact with infectious sores and body fluids, contaminated items like bedding, or droplets through actions like kissing.

Monkeypox symptoms can include fever, headache, and a rash that looks like pimples or blisters. In most cases, people get better without treatment. But in rare cases, it can cause serious illness or death.

More than 2,000 cases of the virus have now been documented around the country.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.