Douglas County Health Department reports fourth monkeypox case
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Another suspected case of monkeypox has been reported in Douglas County. According to the Douglas County Health Department, contact tracing has begun to identify and inform anyone who may have been in contact with the infected person.
This latest case of monkeypox comes shortly after the World Health Organization declared a Global Health Emergency.
DCHD says the risk of monkeypox to the public is still low. Anyone who has symptoms of monkeypox, its signature rash in particular, should contact their healthcare provider or the health department.
On July 19, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported the first presumed case of monkeypox in Lancaster County. Confirmatory testing is currently being performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The person is a man in his 30s with recent travel history outside of Nebraska. He is isolating at home. The Health Department is currently investigating potential close contacts and will notify those who may have been exposed.
The disease is spread mostly via skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. According to DCHD, anyone who has had several minutes of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person is at risk. It is also spread through contact with an infected person’s rash, scabs or body fluids.
Monkeypox has a variety of symptoms, sometimes starting with a fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion.
The incubation period - the period of time between contracting the disease and showing symptoms - can range from five days to three weeks.
Monkeypox still has no specific treatment, but antivirals have been used effectively before. People exposed to the disease have sometimes had success with prophylaxis with a vaccine. The DCHD says they have a limited supply of vaccines available for this.
DCHD says the global outbreak of monkeypox is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men. It has also affected people who have met with partners via websites, apps or social events.
More than 16,000 cases have been reported worldwide so far, with more than 2,800 being in the U.S.
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