Brian, Texas (KBTX) – Monkeypox has officially become diseased in Brazos County, according to the Brazos County Health District.
The health district said test results conducted by an accredited laboratory came back positive. Now, BCHD is conducting a contact investigation to see if other people have been infected.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said vaccines had been ordered but had not yet arrived.
Signs and symptoms of the disease, according to the BCHD, include a rash that can look like blisters or blisters on the face, inside of the mouth, and other parts of the body; Fever; Headache; muscle pain; Back pain. Swollen lymph nodes. goosebumps. or exhaustion.
The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox, or is beginning to develop symptoms, should contact their health care provider for testing and isolation at home.
The BCHD Center has ordered monkeypox vaccines, but says they haven’t arrived yet.
Monkeypox is spread in various ways including:
- Direct contact with rash, scabs, or infectious body fluids
- Respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face or close physical contact
- Touching objects (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the rash or body fluids
- Pregnant women can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta
The CDC recommends the following to prevent monkeypox:
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people with a monkeypox-like rash
- Do not touch the rash or scales of a person with monkeypox
- Do not have close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with someone who has monkeypox
- Do not touch or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
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