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Virginia he now has his first alleged case of monkeypox, the state Department of Health said today.
“Monkeypox is a very rare disease in United States. The patient is currently in isolation and poses no risk to the public, ”said state health commissioner, Dr Colin M. Greene.
“Transmission requires close contact with someone with symptomatic monkeypox and this virus has not shown the ability to spread rapidly in the general population. [Virginia Department of Health] is monitoring national and international trends and has informed health care providers in Virginia to check for monkeypox cases and report them to their local health districtas soon as possible.”
The adult patient resides in Northern Virginia Region with a recent international trip to an African country where the disease is endemic but does not require hospitalization and is isolating himself at home.
the Department of health is monitoring close contacts and currently no further cases have been detected as the state awaits confirmation of test results at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Some cases [worldwide] have been reported among men who have sex with men. Some cases have also been reported in people living in the same family as an infected person, “the agency said.
The Virginia case is among nine monkeypox cases that have had samples sent to the CDC for further confirmatory testing and genomic investigation, CDC director Rochelle Walensky noted in a recent briefing.
He said they are working to see how each contracted the infectionbut some, but not all, have traveled to regions where monkeypox outbreaks are active.
Virginia is now the seventh state with suspected monkeypox infections, including CaliforniaFlorida, Massachusetts, New York, Utah and Washington.
“We have to assume that there is some spread in the community, but there is active contact tracing that is taking place right now to understand if and how these cases may have been in contact with each other or with others in other countries,” he said. Walensky said.