Virginia has its first early case of monkeypox: report

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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.

This 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into a monkeypox outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a patient with monkeypox, showing the appearance of the characteristic rash during its healing phase.

This 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into a monkeypox outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a patient with monkeypox, showing the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recovery phase.
(CDC via AP)

“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.

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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).

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 monkeypox virus, which is thought to be spread by prairie dogs, was first detected in the Americas with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

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 monkeypox virus, which is thought to be spread by prairie dogs, was first detected in the Americas with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
(Courtesy of CDC / Getty Images)

The agency recently issued a Level 2 travel warning practice “enhanced precautions” while traveling, noting that cases have been reported in Europe, North America and Australia.

“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.

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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.

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature monkeypox virions of the left oval shape and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a human skin sample associated with the dog outbreak. of the 2003 prairie. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside of Africa, has been identified in recent days by European and American health authorities.
(Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner / CDC via AP)

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.

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“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.