Temple, Texas (KWTX) – The Peel County Public Health District is reporting the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Peel County.
The Peel County Public Health District is working with local health care providers to investigate this initial confirmed case of monkeypox virus infection in a Peel County resident who recently traveled within the state. The patient is isolated and recovering at home.
The public health investigation has identified close contacts who may have been exposed and are monitored and evaluated. The disease does not currently pose a danger to the general public.
There are now 338 cases in the state including the most recent in McLennan County with the vast majority of these cases in the 18 to 39 age group.
“As the number of new cases continues to rise across the country and in Texas, the health district is working closely with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) and local healthcare partners to identify potential cases and limit their spread,” said Amy J. Yeager, district manager.
Monkeypox is an infection caused by the monkeypox virus, which is in the same class of viruses that cause smallpox and stings, but not chickenpox.
Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, muscle and back pain, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash 3-5 days after the fever begins. They may also have respiratory symptoms (such as sore throat, nasal congestion or cough). Symptoms of monkeypox usually begin within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus.
If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash after 1-4 days. The rash may start anywhere on the body, but it most often starts on the face.
However, with the current outbreak, the rash often begins in the genital area. The rash can look like pimples or pimples. The disease usually lasts from 2 to 4 weeks.
The primary way people contract monkeypox is through close personal contact with an infected person, including sexual contact.
It can also be transmitted from person to person by inhaling large respiratory droplets or through close contact with body fluids and pests, as well as contaminated items (such as clothing or bed linen, and through sharing food utensils, cups, cigarettes or vaping devices, kissing, etc.), among others. activities in which saliva may be exchanged with a person with monkeypox).
People should try to avoid skin contact with strangers, especially those who have a rash or their health history is unknown.
Pregnant women can also pass the virus to their fetus through the placenta.
Monkeypox does not spread easily between people without close contact.
Amy J. said: Yeager, director of the BCPHD Center: “Although this current outbreak is fairly specific, it is important that the community understand the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, what to do if they develop symptoms, and know how the disease is transmitted.” .
In most cases, the infection clears up without specific treatment, but people who are immunosuppressed, infected with HIV, or who are pregnant are more likely to develop complications.
Children under the age of 8 are also more likely to have more serious illnesses.
The best way to help stop the further spread of this disease is to quickly identify any infected person and their contacts.
If you think you’ve been exposed to someone with monkeypox, you may be a candidate for the vaccine.
The vaccine is most effective if given within 4 days of exposure but can be given up to 14 days after exposure.
If you develop any of the symptoms described above, please contact your health care provider or the Bell County Public Health District immediately for instructions on what to do next at (254) 939-2091 or [email protected]
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