2 additional cases of monkeypox confirmed in Massachusetts, says DPH

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says there are two additional cases of monkeypox in the state. The monkeypox cases involve two adult men who had close contact, the DPH said Sunday. According to the DPH, no cases report a known link. to the first case in Massachusetts, which was identified on May 18. On Thursday, Rhode Island Department of Health officials said a suspected case of monkeypox in their state was linked to travel to Massachusetts. The Massachusetts DPH said initial testing on the two most recent cases was completed Saturday night at the Jamaica Plain State Public Health Laboratory. Confirmatory testing will be done at the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. been in contact with the patients while they were contagious. Both men are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of monkeypox to others. Current CDC data indicates that there have been 49 cases of monkeypox virus among US residents this year, including the first case identified in Massachusetts that was linked to a cluster in Montreal. There have been no deaths in the United States or worldwide related to the current monkeypox outbreak. Health officials say patients generally recover fully in two to four weeks. “Although monkeypox infections remain rare and none of the close contacts of the first Massachusetts case developed monkeypox during their surveillance period, the CDC reports that cases continue to increase across the United States. United,” DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown said in a statement. “It is very important to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and to be vigilant. People with rashes of concern should contact their healthcare provider.” Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. patches start out flat, rise up, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus) A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or just a few -ones. Although many of the earliest cases of monkeypox in this current outbreak have been associated with international travel, recent cases have not. According to the DPH, gay and bisexual men, as well as other men who have sex with men, account for a large proportion of the cases identified to date. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk. Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with bodily fluids and monkeypox wounds, by touching objects that have been contaminated with fluids or wounds (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. think they may have monkeypox should self-isolate, but if they must leave their homes they should wear a mask and cover their rashes or lesions when around other people. gloves if they must have direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the infected person or with their clothes, sheets, towels and other objects or surfaces they have touched.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says there are two additional cases of monkeypox in the state.

The monkeypox cases involve two adult males who had close contact, the DPH announced on Sunday.

According to the DPH, none of the cases report a known link to the first Massachusetts case, which was identified on May 18.

On Thursday, Rhode Island Department of Health officials said a suspected case of monkeypox in their state was linked to travel to Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts DPH said initial testing on the two most recent cases was completed Saturday evening at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain. Confirmatory testing will be done at the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

According to state health officials, the Boston Public Health Commission will conduct case investigations and work with DPH, patients and their health care providers to identify people who may have been in contact. with patients while they were contagious.

Both men are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of monkeypox to others.

Current CDC data indicates that there have been 49 cases of monkeypox virus among US residents this year, including the first identified case in Massachusetts that was linked to a cluster in Montreal.

There have been no deaths in the United States or worldwide related to the current monkeypox outbreak. Health officials say patients generally recover fully in two to four weeks.

“Although monkeypox infections remain rare and none of the close contacts of the first Massachusetts case developed monkeypox during their surveillance period, the CDC reports that cases continue to increase in the United States” , said DPH state epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. statement. “It is very important to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and to be vigilant. People with rashes of concern should contact their health care provider.

Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Skin lesions start out flat, lift, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or only a few.

Although many of the earliest cases of monkeypox in this current outbreak have been associated with international travel, recent cases have not. According to the DPH, gay and bisexual men, as well as other men who have sex with men, account for a large proportion of the cases identified to date. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk.

Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with bodily fluids and monkeypox wounds, by touching objects that have been contaminated with fluids or wounds (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets after a prolonged face-to-face contact.

Anyone who thinks they have monkeypox should self-isolate, but if they have to leave their home, they should wear a mask and cover their rashes or sores when around other people.

People who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they are going to have direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or clothing. bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the infected person or with their clothes, sheets, towels and other objects or surfaces they have touched.

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