Eight new monkeypox cases diagnosed in Massachusetts last week, DPH says

Eight new cases of monkeypox in adult men have been identified in the past week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said. The DPH said the total number of monkeypox cases in Massachusetts is now 21 since the first case was announced in the United States on May 18. .DPH said the eight cases announced Thursday were diagnosed between June 23 and June 29 after initial testing was completed by the Jamaica Plain State Public Health Laboratory. The state health agency was working with local health officials, patients and healthcare providers to identify people who may have come into contact with patients while they were infectious. The DPH said the eight people are self-isolating to prevent spread to others. DPH officials said they will now only provide public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows there have been 351 cases of monkeypox virus this year among US residents. There have been no deaths in the US or worldwide related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully within two to four weeks. The DPH said while many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not. having sex with men represent a large part 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.

Eight new cases of monkeypox in adult men have been identified in the past week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said the total number of monkeypox cases in Massachusetts is now 21 since the first case was announced in the United States on May 18.

The DPH said the eight cases announced Thursday were diagnosed between June 23 and June 29 after initial testing was performed by the Jamaica Plain State Public Health Laboratory.

The public health agency was working with local health officials, patients and healthcare providers to identify people who may have come into contact with the patients while they were infectious.

The DPH said the eight people are self-isolating to prevent spread to others.

DPH officials said they will now only provide public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that there have been 351 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.

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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