At One Community Health, we strive to ensure the well-being of our Sacramento community by providing accessible and comprehensive healthcare services. One of our goals is to raise awareness about diseases such as mpox (formerly known as monkeypox). By sharing knowledge, we empower our community to take preventive measures and ensure prompt medical attention when needed. If you are part of the MediCal program and need treatment or have questions about your health, contact our office today. Our compassionate team is ready to keep you healthy and thriving.
Mpox is a viral disease that occurs predominantly in Central and West Africa but has occasionally been diagnosed in regions like Sacramento. Similar to the smallpox virus, it can be transmitted between humans and animals and through materials, such as clothing or blankets, that have come into contact with the virus.
This disease typically lasts about two weeks, and it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention if symptoms arise.
Approximately 1-3 days after the onset of fever, a rash may develop. Starting as red, flat spots, these progress to form bumps filled with water, eventually filling with pus and forming a crust. The rash usually begins on the face and can spread to other body parts, including arms, legs, and genitals.
Recognizing these symptoms is the first step in early detection and treatment. If you or a loved one has been in close proximity to a confirmed mpox patient, traveled to regions with confirmed cases, come into contact with an exotic animal from West or Central Africa, or is experiencing mpox symptoms, we advise getting tested immediately.
Mpox is a relatively rare disease. The majority of mpox cases occur in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests where there is frequent contact between humans and animals. The virus was first discovered in 1958 when outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in monkeys kept for research, hence it was formerly known as “monkeypox.”
While we have seen a small number of cases in Sacramento, mpox isn’t overly common in the area. However, the interconnectedness of our global world makes it essential for everyone to be aware of diseases like mpox. It’s important to be informed about the symptoms, transmission, and preventive measures, as prompt detection and treatment can significantly improve health outcomes.
While mpox can be serious, following simple precautions can reduce the risk of transmission. Avoid skin-to-skin contact, wear a mask around others, and ensure to wash your hands. Keep personal items, such as clothing and bedding separate, and contact our team at One Community Health promptly if you suspect exposure or symptoms.
At One Community Health, we believe in the power of vaccination to prevent and control the spread of diseases. Currently, there is no specific treatment for mpox, but smallpox vaccination has been used effectively in preventing and reducing the severity of mpox.
We recommend that individuals, especially those at higher risk, consider getting vaccinated. We are ready to assist in scheduling vaccine appointments and addressing any concerns or questions.
Stay informed and safe. Your health is our mission, and we’re here to help in any way we can. To learn more about mpox, its symptoms, and prevention, consult the CDC website or contact our healthcare professionals.
Navigating health concerns can feel overwhelming, especially when dealing with diseases like mpox. At One Community Health, we are dedicated to providing support, resources, and care every step of the way.
Our team of healthcare professionals takes a holistic approach to your health and well-being. That includes comprehensive diagnostic services, treatment recommendations, preventive care measures, vaccinations, and education about various health conditions, including mpox.
We also understand the importance of affordable healthcare. That’s why we offer services to all members of our community regardless of their ability to pay. For those without healthcare coverage or who are part of the MediCal program, One Community Health is here to ensure you have access to high-quality and comprehensive healthcare services.
Beyond addressing immediate healthcare needs, our mission includes being a reliable source of health education for our community. We strive to increase the level of knowledge and awareness about diseases like mpox, providing the necessary tools for prevention, including vaccination and early detection.
Your health is your greatest asset. At One Community Health, we’re committed to helping you protect it. Together, we can create a healthier Sacramento.
Call to set up your vaccine appointment today. We are here to ensure you receive all the necessary information to stay safe and healthy.