Idaho reported its first case of what appears to be local transmission of monkeypox

BOISE (Idaho Capital Sun) — A person in Canyon County appears to have contracted monkeypox, in the first identified case of local transmission in Idaho.

The Southwest County Health Department reported the case Friday in a news release.

Investigation is underway. Local and state public health officials work with patient health care providers to ensure that the patient is treated, and any potential close contacts are identified and notified of the risk of exposure,” the ministry said.

“At this time, no travel has been identified at this time in the investigation,” a management spokesperson told the Idaho Capital Sun.

The department also reminded the public that most people recover at home after suffering a mild illness. Antiviral medications are available, but public health officials are encouraging vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox. “Individuals with monkeypox should self-isolate until their lesions are completely healed with new skin where the lesions were,” the study said.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 4,900 cases of monkeypox in the United States, and three of those cases were in Idaho.

State and local health officials on July 6 announced the first probable case of monkeypox in Idaho, in a person who lives in the Central Health District. It is believed that the patient contracted monkeypox while traveling to another country. At that time, there were more than 560 known cases of monkeypox in the United States

There are many differences between monkeypox and the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. However, observers have noted some similarities between early outbreaks of both infectious diseases. For example, testing for monkeypox has been limited, and it is unclear how many cases have gone undetected, allowing for further transmission. However, the smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox, so vaccinations do not need to be developed from scratch.

The State Newsroom reported Thursday that members of Congress have been slow to respond to the growing outbreak of monkeypox.

“Public health officials in the Biden administration have held several briefings, expanded testing capacity to commercial laboratories across the country, distributed more than 200,000 vaccine doses and began ordering millions more for the national stockpile,” states Newsroom reports.

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