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Second monkeypox case detected in Tri-Counties

Ventura County now has two diagnosed cases of monkeypox.

Both cases are in Ventura County.

A second case of the viral disease known has monkeypox has been found in the Tri-Counties.

Both cases are in Ventura County, but don’t appear to be related.

Ventura County Public Health officials are doing contact tracing to see if others may have the viral illness.

Monkeypox originates in Africa. There are two primary strains of it, with the less dangerous version the one that’s surfaced in the United States. It’s primarily transmitted by close personal contact, and doesn’t pose a major risk to the general public.

About 3,500 people in the U.S. have tested positive for it, with more than 350 in California. No deaths have been reported in the U.S. It disappears without treatment in most people who get it, but it has the potential to cause serious illness or death.

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.