First probable case of monkeypox reported in Pima County

Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 10:14 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 10:33 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima County is investigating its first probable case of monkeypox, health officials said on Tuesday, July 12.

The Pima County Health Department said the patient is under 40 years old and is self-isolating.

Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said the county is working with the state to do contact tracing.

Cullen said the county is getting the monkeypox vaccine and that it should be in by July 14. The county will get about 100 doses and the vaccine is a two-dose series. Those who were in contact with the patient will be the first to be eligible for the vaccine, according to Cullen.

The first monkeypox case in Arizona was in Maricopa County in early June.

The county said more information on monkeypox is available at

How It Spreads

  • Direct, skin-to-skin contact with someone’s rash, sores, or scabs
  • Living with an infected person and sharing their bed, towels, or unwashed clothing
  • Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox)
  • Oral, anal, or vaginal sex
  • Hugging or massage
  • Kissing or talking closely

Monkeypox Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

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