What to know about first confirmed case

What to know about first confirmed case

Larimer County’s first case of monkeypox has been confirmed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the county health department announced Tuesday.

The state health department identified the case and is the lead agency on investigating and contact tracing it, according to a news release from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. After the case investigation, the county health department will work to vaccinate any high-risk exposures. 

Because of the low number of cases in Colorado — the state health department said Colorado has reported just 36 cases so far — and a fatality rate of less than 1%, risk remains low to the public. Most people have been recovering within two to four weeks of being infected, according to the county health department news release. 

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