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DC Public Health Lab reports his first potential case of monkeypox of the year after a local resident on a recent trip to Europe tested positive for orthopoxvirus, which is in the same family of monkeypox viruses, according to the press release.
“The collected samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing and confirmation of the monkeypox virus,” the agency said.
The patient is in isolation and poses no risk to the public, DC Health added.
The District has not identified any other cases as of this Sunday, according to their release.
The health agency issued a health notice on May 26 with clinical recommendations and reporting requirements for health professionals about any suspected cases.
As of June 3, the CDC currently reports 25 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, with the first case reported in Massachusetts earlier this year.
The agency also reports 911 confirmed global cases in 29 countries, with the majority of cases in the UK (225), Spain (186) and Portugal (143), as of June 5.
Monkeypox is a rare virus endemic to Africabut scientists are trying to better understand why so many case clusters are popping up off the continent in places not known to harbor the virus.
“Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease that can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact with body fluids or monkeypox injury. Less commonly, transmission can occur through respiratory droplets from prolonged contact. face-to-face and from contaminated materials such as bedding or clothing, ”said DC Health.
The time a person is exposed to the first developing symptoms, also known as the incubation period, ranges from five to 21 days for monkeypox. according to the World Health Organization.
Symptoms include flu-like symptoms followed by a characteristic rash that usually begins on the face, with the duration of the illness usually lasting two to four weeks.
It is usually a self-limiting disease which requires no treatment other than symptomatic care, although prognosis depends on multiple factors, such as an individual’s previous vaccination status, medical history, and health status, according to the CDC.
“It is unclear how people were exposed to monkeypox, but early data suggests that gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men make up a large number of cases. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk, “the CDC said.