Well, Las Vegas is no longer monkeypox free.
The Southern Nevada Health District reported a presumptive positive case of monkeypox in a Clark County male, according to a press release.
The male is in his 20s, didn’t require hospitalization and is isolating at home. The press release states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health district will be performing confirmatory testing to solidify the diagnoses. The health district is also conducting contact tracing related to the case. However, the health district hasn’t confirmed any additional cases as of Wednesday.
Monkeypox is a rare disease, and the symptoms start with a fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and a development of a rash. The health district’s press release states that the incubation period is between seven to 14 days, but can range.
” The characteristic rash often begins on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body including genitalia. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks. Most people who contract monkeypox will have mild illness,” the press release states.
“People who are immunocompromised, young children, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with certain skin conditions may be more at risk for severe illness. People who test positive for monkeypox should follow the treatment and prevention recommendations of their health care provider and the Health District.”
Monkeypox spreads from person to person through close physical contact with a person who has infectious sores, bodily fluids and even contact with objects or fabrics that have been used by someone who’s infected. Sexual contact and prolonged fact-to-face contact can also cause monkeypox to transmit to another person, according to the Health District.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that monkeypox in the United State is rare, and doesn’t spread easily between people without close contact.
“The threat of monkeypox to the general U.S. population remains LOW,” The CDC states on its website.
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