Fourth case of monkeypox in Mass. confirmed by state health authorities

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced an additional case of monkeypox in an adult male on Tuesday, the fourth case in the past month. The DPH said it was working with local health authorities, the patient and healthcare providers to identify people who may have come into contact with the patient while he was infectious. The person was currently in isolation to prevent spread to others. The fourth case comes just days after DPH confirmed two more cases of monkeypox in two adult men who had close contact with each other. According to the DPH, none of these cases had a known link to the first case in Massachusetts, which was identified on May 18. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that there have been 65 cases of monkeypox virus this year in US residents. There have been no deaths in the United States or worldwide related to this outbreak, and patients typically recover fully within two to four weeks. the CDC reports that cases continue to increase across the United States,” 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 health care provider. 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 just 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 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 announced an additional case of monkeypox in an adult male on Tuesday, the fourth case in the past month.

The DPH said it was working with local health authorities, the patient and healthcare providers to identify people who may have come into contact with the patient while he was infectious.

The person was currently in isolation to prevent spread to others.

The fourth case comes just days after DPH confirmed two more cases of monkeypox in two adult males who had close contact with each other.

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

Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that there have been 65 cases of monkeypox virus this year among US residents. There have been no deaths in the United States or worldwide related to this outbreak, and patients typically recover fully within 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 must 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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