Santa Barbara County detects one positive wastewater sample for Mpox

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Santa Barbara County announced Monday that it recently tested positive for Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox) wastewater.

“The single positive finding of Mpox in Santa Barbara City wastewater in July does not mean that Mpox is spreading in our community,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer. “So far Santa Barbara County has had no confirmed cases in 2023 The best way to protect yourself is to get two doses of the Jynneos vaccine. We welcome you to attend our upcoming events offering free Mpox vaccinations .”

The county said the California Department of Public Health has detected Mpox in several cities across the state as they continue to monitor the disease.

County officials are reminding the community that it is important to receive two doses of the Jynneos vaccine for optimal protection against Mpox.

“Local data reveals that only about half of Santa Barbara County residents who have received a first dose of Mpox vaccine still need a second dose,” the county commented.

The following information is provided by the county:

Vaccination for Mpox is effective and important not only for you, but also for your partners. Along with vaccination, you can prevent the spread of Mpox by:

  1. Being aware of and talking to your sexual partner(s) about any recent illness and new unexplained sores or rashes on your or your partner’s body, especially on the genitals and on or around the anus.
  2. Avoid close contact, including hugging, kissing, cuddling, and sexual activity with people who have symptoms such as sores or rashes. Visit CDPH Mpox Q&A about ways you can reduce your chances of being exposed if you are sexually active.
  3. Avoid sharing materials (such as towels, fetish equipment, sex toys, and toothbrushes) with someone who has Mpox.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

For more information about monkeypox symptoms, prevention, vaccination options and seeking care in Santa Barbara County, visit the County Public Health Monkeypox website.

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