Street. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The first possible case of monkeypox It was reported in St. Louis County.
Louis County Public Health Department, the first possible case is from a man who lives in the county. Officials have not released information about his age or recent travel history.
An investigation by the Department of Public Health concluded that the disease was transmitted during intercourse with a person who later tested positive for monkeypox.
Health officials are working to identify individuals with whom the patient may have been in contact
during infection. The patient does not need to enter the hospital and is isolated at home in good condition
Monkeypox (clinically referred to as orthopox) belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox. Its symptoms are similar to smallpox, albeit milder. It is important to know that monkeypox can be fatal in rare cases. There are well-established vaccines and treatments for those infected.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox virus was discovered in 1958 in monkeys kept for research. While the name of the virus is derived from its discovery, the actual source of monkeypox is unknown.
The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970, of a child living in a remote rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Symptoms of monkeypox appear anywhere between seven and 14 days after exposure. The disease itself lasts from two to four weeks.
Symptoms include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, back pain, chills, and fatigue. Blisters, or pimple-like rashes, appear on the affected person’s face or inside their mouth and eventually spread throughout the body.
The virus can spread from the time symptoms first appear until the rash has completely healed itself.
Monkeypox is spread through personal contact, including (but not limited to):
- direct contact with a rash, scabs, or infectious body fluids;
- respiratory secretions during direct face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex; And the
- Touching objects (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the rash or body fluids.
Infected pregnant women can also spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.
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