First case of monkeypox confirmed in Polk County

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Polk County

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First case of monkeypox confirmed in Polk County

The Polk County Health Department on Monday confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Polk County. According to officials, the patient was likely infected during travel within the United States and is isolating, receiving outpatient care and in communication with health department staff. “The risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low,” Polk County Health Department Director Helen Eddy said in a news release. “However, it is important for community to be aware of this virus including transmission, prevention and when it’s appropriate to seek medical care.” County authorities said monkeypox is a viral infection that can spread through skin-to-skin contact, body fluids, monkeypox sores or shared items (such as clothing and bedding) that have been contaminated with fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox. The virus can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. Although monkeypox is not generally considered a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be transmitted during intimate contact and sex by skin-to-skin and other intimate contact, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.People with monkeypox sometimes develop a flu-like illness with fever, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes followed by a rash. In other instances, people just develop a rash with or without swollen lymph nodes, which can occur on the genitals and/or around the anus. People usually develop monkeypox 7 to 14 days (and up to 21 days) after being exposed county officials said.“The emergence of monkeypox in the United States serves as a reminder to stay up-to-date on regular STI testing based on your sexual behavior, partners and if you have symptoms,” Eddy said. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recommendations on healthy sexual practices.”

The Polk County Health Department on Monday confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Polk County.

According to officials, the patient was likely infected during travel within the United States and is isolating, receiving outpatient care and in communication with health department staff.

“The risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low,” Polk County Health Department Director Helen Eddy said in a news release. “However, it is important for community to be aware of this virus including transmission, prevention and when it’s appropriate to seek medical care.”

County authorities said monkeypox is a viral infection that can spread through skin-to-skin contact, body fluids, monkeypox sores or shared items (such as clothing and bedding) that have been contaminated with fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox. The virus can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. Although monkeypox is not generally considered a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be transmitted during intimate contact and sex by skin-to-skin and other intimate contact, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

People with monkeypox sometimes develop a flu-like illness with fever, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes followed by a rash. In other instances, people just develop a rash with or without swollen lymph nodes, which can occur on the genitals and/or around the anus. People usually develop monkeypox 7 to 14 days (and up to 21 days) after being exposed county officials said.

“The emergence of monkeypox in the United States serves as a reminder to stay up-to-date on regular STI testing based on your sexual behavior, partners and if you have symptoms,” Eddy said. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recommendations on healthy sexual practices.”

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