Data shows that more than half of monkeypox cases in Riverside County came from Palm Springs

Data from public health officials Thursday showed that more than half of the monkeypox cases in Riverside County came from Palm Springs alone.

Of the 109 cases of monkeypox virus reported in the county as of Thursday, 59 were in Palm Springs, and 20 were in Cathedral City. This means that 72% of all cases in the province are in the two cities.

Desert Hot Springs has five states. Other cities in the Coachella Valley region, such as Indio, Palm Desert and Banning, have fewer than five cases each. Riverside, the county’s most populous municipality with a population of more than 300,000, has five cases.

The Palm Springs case total exceeds the total for Orange County, which as of Tuesday had confirmed 57 cases, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. Palm Springs has a population of about 48,000, compared to 3.1 million in Orange County.

All but one of the reported cases in Riverside County were males. in California, 98% of cases were male and transgender, while 1.6% were female and transgender.

Nearly half of all reported cases in Riverside County were among whites. A further 22% are Hispanics or Latinos. Ethnic data were not available in 23% of cases.

Locally, 45% of cases were locally among people who identify as gay, lesbian or same-sex lovers. But other data show that sexual orientation was unknown in 49% of cases, 3% of patients identified as intersex and 2% were straight.

Cases were most common in people aged 35 to 44 (28%) in Riverside County. 23% of cases occurred in the 45-54 age group, while 22% were in the 55-64 age group.

There were 1,036 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Los Angeles County as of Thursday, and 610 confirmed and probable cases in San Francisco as of Wednesday, according to data from their respective public health departments. The majority of cases were among males and people in their 30s and 40s, similar to trends seen in Riverside County.

Monkeypox is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus. People usually become infected through close contact with skin lesions or the bodily fluids of infected animals or humans (alive or dead), including droplets, or clothing and linens from an infected person. The virus can also be spread through sexual contact, but it is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection.

Symptoms can occur five to 21 days after exposure and include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, and lesions often in the genital area and around the anus. The illness usually lasts for two to four weeks.

Riverside County Public Health reported two additional confirmed or probable cases among men Thursday.

County spokesman Jose Arbalo Jr. said both patients are between 35 and 45 years old, one from the Coachella Valley and the other from the western part of the county.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to monkeypox should contact their health care provider.

Ema Sasic covers recreation and health in the Coachella Valley. You can reach her at ema.sasic@desertsun.com or on Twitterema_sasic.

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