Presumed human Monkeypox virus infection identified in Maryland

A presumed human monkeypox virus infection has been identified in a Maryland resident, state health officials said Thursday.Video above: US distributing monkeypox vaccine to high-risk peopleThe Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration 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 initial testing was conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. MDH is awaiting confirmatory testing to be conducted 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 Maryland case and other cases in the region and country remind us that we need to 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 monkeypox informationHow monkeypox is spreadHuman monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox but generally causes a milder infection, MDH said. It can be spread between people through direct contact with skin lesions, body fluids or contaminated materials such as clothing or linens. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets, which generally cannot travel more than a few feet, and prolonged face-to-face contact is required.Symptoms of monkeypoxPresenting symptoms typically include fever, chills, new swelling of lymph nodes and a distinctive rash that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body; However, onset of rash lesions elsewhere in the absence of other symptoms has been reported, MDH said.Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, clear up within two to four weeks. Individuals identified as having been potentially exposed to this case will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after exposure. Be aware of these criteriaMDH said that while the human monkeypox transmission remains low, the public risk is strongly encouraged to stay alert for any symptoms of the illness and to seek medical care immediately, especially if you meet this criteria: Those who traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases were reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox the month before their symptoms began;Those who had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; orThose who have had close or intimate in-person contact with individuals in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, which includes men who have sex with men.This report will be updated.

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

Video above: US distributing monkeypox vaccine to high-risk people

The Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration 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 initial testing was conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory. MDH is awaiting confirmatory testing to be conducted 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 Maryland case and other cases in the region and country remind us that we need to 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 monkeypox information

How monkeypox is spread

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

Symptoms of monkeypox

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

Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, clear up within two to four weeks. Individuals identified as having been 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 human monkeypox transmission remains low, the public is strongly encouraged to stay alert for any symptoms of the illness and to seek medical care immediately, especially if you meet this criteria:

  • Those who traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases were reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox the month before their symptoms began;
  • Those who have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; or
  • Those who have had close or intimate in-person contact with individuals in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, which includes men who have sex with men.

This report will be updated.

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