Health officials announced the first case of monkeypox in a Nashville resident on Thursday morning. According to a news statement from the Nashville Metro Health Department, the individual recently visited a nation where cases of monkeypox have been documented. An orthopoxvirus infection was established by testing. A test will also be carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the press release, MPHD is collaborating with the patient and their medical professionals to track down anyone who came into touch with the person when they were contagious. The patient is recuperating alone at home after not being admitted to the hospital.
VACCINS FOR MONKEYPOX:
By year’s end, the US will distribute at least 1.6 million immunizations to combat monkeypox, according to officials.
How does monkeypox spread? What is it?
According to the CDC, monkeypox is a rare condition caused by the same virus family as smallpox. The smallpox-like symptoms are milder. Rarely is the illness lethal. According to the CDC, the virus can transfer from one person to another through:
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direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids respiratory secretions during protracted face-to-face contact or during close physical contact with someone who has recently come into contact with the infectious rash or body fluids touching clothing or linens that have come into contact with those substances
Before a rash develops, an infection may start with a fever, headache, muscular aches, and tiredness. The announcement noted that many victims in this year’s outbreak, however, had only very minor or no symptoms other than a rash. According to the announcement, “people should be vigilant for the emergence of new rashes distinguished by sores, bumps, or fluid-filled bumps and seek medical treatment if they have questions.”
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In the release, MPHD stated that “those who do not have symptoms of monkeypox cannot disseminate the virus to others.” Since symptoms may not show up for up to 21 days after exposure, contacts of persons who have monkeypox are closely watched for several weeks. At cdc.gov/monkeypox and tn.gov/health/cedep/reportable-diseases/monkeypox, respectively, you may find more information on monkeypox.
Federal officials announce the introduction of the monkeypox vaccination.
Federal health officials stated last month that more than 1.6 million immunizations to prevent monkeypox will be made available in the United States for the remainder of the year. The vaccination is advised for everyone who may have been exposed to the virus.
In locations with high rates of monkeypox transmission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on June 28 that it will immediately distribute 56,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, followed by an additional 240,000 doses over the following weeks. A tier system will be used to distribute the vaccines, giving priority to regions with a high number of confirmed cases.
The decision was made as more than two dozen states in the U.S. reported over 300 cases of monkeypox. For this story, Jordan Mendoza provided assistance. Find reporter Rachel Wegner on Twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with MPHD, the Tennessee Department of Health is involved.