Suspected human infection with monkeypox virus identified in Maryland

Suspected human infection with monkeypox virus identified in Maryland

A presumptive human infection with monkeypox virus has been identified in a Maryland resident, state health officials said Thursday. The case was identified Thursday in an adult in the Washington, DC area. The MDH said the individual is recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized. The initial test was performed at the State Public Health Laboratory. The MDH is awaiting confirmation testing at the CDC. Based on current CDC data, monkeypox has been identified in at least 20 states, including Maryland. in the region and the country remind us that we must be prepared and take measures to prevent infection and its spread,” MDH Undersecretary of Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement. “MDH will continue to work with the authorities of local and federal public health authorities and will communicate responsibly with Marylanders as we learn more.” LINK: Monkeypox Information from MDHHow Monkeypox SpreadsHuman monkeypox is in the same family of virus than smallpox, but usually causes a milder infection, the MDH said.It can spread from person to person through direct contact with broken skin, bodily fluids, or contaminated materials such as clothing or bedding.It can also be spread through through large respiratory droplets, which generally cannot travel more than a few feet, and require prolonged face-to-face contact, often beginning in the face and spreads to other parts of the body; however, rash lesions have been reported elsewhere in the absence of other symptoms, the MDH said. Symptoms usually appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, go away within two to four weeks. People identified as potentially exposed in this case will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after exposure. Keep these criteria in mind The MDH said that while the risk of monkeypox transmission to humans remains low, the public is strongly encouraged to remain alert for any symptoms of the disease and to seek immediate medical attention, especially if you meet these criteria: o Countries in West Africa, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox in the month before symptoms began; Those who have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; oThose who have had close or intimate personal contact with people in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men. This report will be updated.

A presumptive human infection with monkeypox virus has been identified in a Maryland resident, state health officials said Thursday.

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The Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the case was identified Thursday in an adult in the Washington, DC area.

MDH said the individual is recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized.

The initial testing was carried out at the State Public Health Laboratory. MDH is awaiting confirmation testing at the CDC.

Based on current CDC data, monkeypox has been identified in at least 20 states, including Maryland.

“Although human monkeypox is a rare infection in the United States, this case from Maryland and other cases in the region and the country remind us that we must be prepared and take steps to prevent infection and its spread,” said Under Secretary of Public Health of the MDH, Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement. “MDH will continue to work with local and federal public health authorities and communicate responsibly with Marylanders as we learn more.”

| LINK: MDH Monkeypox Information

How monkeypox spreads

Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but usually causes a milder infection, the MDH said. It can be spread from person to person through direct contact with broken skin, body fluids, or contaminated materials such as clothing or bedding. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets, which usually cannot travel more than a few feet, requiring prolonged face-to-face contact.

Symptoms of monkeypox

Presenting symptoms typically include fever, chills, new lymph node swelling, and a distinctive rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body; however, rash lesions have been reported elsewhere in the absence of other symptoms, MDH said.

Symptoms usually appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, go away within two to four weeks. People identified as potentially exposed in this case will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after exposure.

Keep these criteria in mind

The MDH said that while the risk of transmission of monkeypox to humans remains low, the public is strongly encouraged to remain alert for any symptoms of the disease and to seek immediate medical attention, especially if these criteria are met. :

  • Those who traveled to countries in central or western Africa, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox in the month before symptoms began;
  • Those who have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; either
  • Those who have had close or intimate in-person contact with people in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men.

This report will be updated.

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