Washington DC reports the first potential case of monkeypox this year

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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.

Monkeypox on a child in Nigeria

Monkeypox on a child in Nigeria
(Credits: Nigeria Center for Disease Control via WHO)

HUNDREDS OF MONKEYPOX CASES REPORTED WORLDWIDE: WHO

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 considered mild and typically occurs in remote parts of Central and West Africa.

Monkeypox is considered mild and typically occurs in remote parts of Central and West Africa.
(CENTER FOR DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL)

“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.

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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.

In this handout chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of one of the earliest known cases of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient’s hand on June 5, 2003. The CDC said the disease viral monkeypox, thought to have spread from prairie dogs, was first detected in the Americas with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
(CDC / Getty Images)

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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.