First probable case of monkeypox identified in NH

New Hampshire’s first possible case of monkeypox has been identified, health officials said Wednesday. Public health laboratories in New Hampshire first identified the case, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting tests to confirm it. DHHS officials are working to identify others who may have been exposed to the disease. Monkeypox is a rare disease. Monkeypox virus belongs to the same group of viruses as smallpox. Transmission of monkeypox requires close contact with a symptomatic person. According to DHHS, brief interactions are not dangerous and transmission is usually through close physical or intimate contact or medical examination without the use of proper protective equipment. Monkeypox is on the rise across the country. As of June 27, the CDC has identified 224 cases of monkeypox in 26 states. Initial symptoms usually include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, and swollen lymph nodes. A few days after the onset of these symptoms, rashes or spots appear on the skin, which change over time. People with monkeypox are contagious until all the skin lesions cover the person’s skin and fall, health officials say. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. Symptoms are usually mild, but in rare cases, severe illness may occur that may require hospitalization. Anyone with a new rash or skin disease with monkeypox should see a health care provider, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms of monkeypox. Testing should be considered if a skin rash or other symptoms develop: Within a few weeks of traveling to another country where monkeypox has been reported. After close contact with a person with a similar skin rash or with suspected or confirmed monkeypox. After intimate physical or sexual contact with a partner, especially after intimate or sexual contact during travel.

Health officials announced Wednesday the first possible case of monkeypox in New Hampshire.

The patient is a resident of Rockingham County and the Department of Health and Human Services said that due to privacy concerns, no further information about the patient will be released.

Public health laboratories in New Hampshire first identified the case, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is running tests to confirm it.

DHHS officials are working to identify other individuals who may have been exposed.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same group of viruses as smallpox. Transmission of monkeypox requires close contact with a symptomatic person. According to DHHS, brief interactions are not high-risk and transmission usually requires close physical or intimate contact or medical examinations that do not involve the use of appropriate protective equipment.

The number of cases of monkeypox is increasing across the country. As of June 27, the CDC has identified 224 monkeypox cases in 26 states.

Initial symptoms usually include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, and swollen lymph nodes. A few days after the onset of these symptoms, rashes or spots appear on the skin, which change over time.

People with monkeypox are contagious until all the skin lesions cover the person’s skin and fall, health officials say. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. Symptoms are usually mild, but in rare cases, severe illness may occur that may require hospitalization.

Anyone with a new rash or skin disease with monkeypox should see a health care provider, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms of monkeypox. If a skin rash or other symptoms appear, testing should be considered:

  • Within a few weeks of traveling to another country where monkeypox is reported.
  • After close contact with a person with a similar skin rash or with suspected or confirmed monkeypox.
  • After intimate physical or sexual contact with a partner, especially after intimate or sexual contact during travel.

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