Two other cases of monkeypox from Mass. confirmed Wednesday by health officials

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced two additional cases of monkeypox in adult men on Wednesday, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the state to six since May. The DPH said the first tests were completed Tuesday at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica. Simple tests confirmed by state health authorities will be performed at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The DPH said there was no known link between these two new cases, but did not say whether there were any links between the previous cases. The DPH said it is working with Massachusetts health officials, patients and health care providers to identify people who may have come into contact with the patients while they were infectious. Recent data from the CDC indicated that there have been 72 cases of monkeypox virus this year among residents, including the first identified case in Massachusetts, which was confirmed on May 18. There have been no deaths in the United States or worldwide related to this outbreak. and patients usually recover completely in 2 to 4 weeks. The DPH said while many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not. “Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men account for a large proportion of the cases identified to date,” the DPH said in a statement. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk.” 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 just a few. 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 have to leave their homes they should wear a mask and cover their rashes or sores 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 two additional cases of monkeypox in adult men on Wednesday, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the state since May to six.

DPH said initial testing was completed Tuesday at the Jamaica Plain State Public Health Laboratory, and state health officials have confirmed that testing will be done at the state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. -United.

The DPH said there was no known link between these two new cases, but did not say whether there were any links between the previous cases.

The DPH said it is working with Massachusetts health officials, patients and health care providers to identify people who may have come into contact with the patients while they were infectious.

Recent data from the CDC indicated that there have been 72 cases of monkeypox virus this year among residents, including the first identified case in Massachusetts, which was confirmed on May 18.

There have been no deaths in the United States or worldwide related to this outbreak, and patients typically recover fully within 2-4 weeks.

The DPH said while many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not.

“Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men account for a large proportion of the cases identified to date,” the DPH said in a statement. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk.”

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 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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