UPDATE (Aug. 16): The individual suspected of having monkeypox was tested and their result came back as negative Aug. 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — An individual who was arrested and taken into custody had a suspected case of monkeypox, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office said in an email to KRON4 on Aug. 6, but their test came back negative on Aug. 10.
The unidentified person was in isolation in accordance with San Francisco Department of Public Health’s quarantine recommendations.
The Sheriff’s Office said it had protocols to ensure that the individual was kept safe and did not infect others. No other information was provided on the individual.
As of August 5, there are 444 total probable and confirmed monkeypox cases in San Francisco. Last week, Mayor London Breed declared monkeypox local health emergency. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared monkeypox a state of emergency on Monday. On Thursday, the Biden administration declared the virus a public health emergency.
Demand for monkeypox vaccine has increased, but the supply has not matched that.
Monkeypox is less contagious than COVID-19 and is spread differently. Health officials say the virus is often spread by intimate contact such as kissing, hugging, or sexual intercourse.