Suspected Human Monkeypox Virus Infection Identified in Maryland

A suspected human monkeypox virus infection has been identified in a resident of Maryland, state health officials said Thursday. Video above: US distributes monkeypox vaccine to high-risk people A case was identified in an adult in the Washington, DC area on Thursday. MDH said the individual is recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized. The first tests were carried out at the State Public Health Laboratory. MDH is waiting for confirmatory testing to be done at the CDC. According to current CDC data, monkeypox has been identified in at least 20 states, including Maryland. “Although human monkeypox is a rare infection in the United States, this case from Maryland and other cases in the region and the country remind us that we must be prepared and take steps to prevent infection and its spread” , MDH Assistant Secretary of Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement, “MDH will continue to work with local and federal public health authorities and communicate responsibly with Maryland residents as we’ll learn more.” | LINK: Information about monkeypox from the MDHHow monkeypox is spreadHuman monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but usually causes a milder infection, said the MDH. It can spread between people through direct contact with broken skin, bodily fluids, or contaminated materials such as clothing or linens. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets, which usually cannot travel more than a few feet, and prolonged face-to-face contact is required. which often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body; however, the appearance of rash lesions elsewhere in the absence of other symptoms has been reported, MDH said. Symptoms usually appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, resolve within two to four weeks. People identified as potentially exposed to this case will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after exposure. Be aware of these criteria MDH said that while the risk of transmission of human monkeypox remains low, the public is strongly encouraged to remain alert for any symptoms of the disease and to seek immediate medical attention, especially if you meet these criteria: Those who have traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where cases of monkeypox have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox in the month prior to the onset of their symptoms ; those who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; or Those who have had close or intimate in-person contact with people in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, which includes men who have sex with men. This report will be updated.

A suspected human monkeypox virus infection has been identified in a Maryland resident, state health officials said Thursday.

Video above: US distributes monkeypox vaccine to high-risk individuals

The Maryland Department of Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the case was identified Thursday in an adult in the Washington, DC area.

MDH said the individual is recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized.

The first tests were carried out at the National Public Health Laboratory. MDH is waiting for confirmatory testing to be done at the CDC.

According to current CDC data, monkeypox has been identified in at least 20 states, including Maryland.

“Although human monkeypox is a rare infection in the United States, this case from Maryland and other cases in the region and the country remind us that we must be prepared and take steps to prevent infection and its spread.” , MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health, Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement. “MDH will continue to work with local and federal public health authorities and communicate responsibly with Maryland residents as we learn more.”

| LINK: MDH information on monkeypox

How is monkeypox spread?

Human monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but generally causes a milder infection, the MDH said. It can spread between people through direct contact with broken skin, bodily fluids, or contaminated materials such as clothing or linens. It can also be spread by large respiratory droplets, which usually cannot travel more than a few feet, and prolonged face-to-face contact is required.

Symptoms of Monkey Pox

Presenting symptoms usually include fever, chills, new swelling of the lymph nodes, and a characteristic rash that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body; however, the appearance of rash lesions elsewhere in the absence of other symptoms has been reported, the MDH said.

Symptoms usually appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, resolve within two to four weeks. People identified as potentially exposed to this case will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after exposure.

Pay attention to these criteria

The MDH said that while the risk of transmission of human monkeypox remains low, the public is strongly encouraged to stay alert for any symptoms of the disease and seek immediate medical attention, especially if you meet these criteria:

  • Those who have traveled to countries in Central or West Africa, areas of Europe where cases of monkeypox have been reported, or other areas where confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the month prior to the start of their symptoms;
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; Where
  • Those who have had close or intimate in-person contact with people in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, which includes men who have sex with men.

This report will be updated.

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