(FreedomBeacon.com)- South Florida health authorities are looking into the state’s first presumed positive case of monkeypox.
The Broward County Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday that they are undertaking epidemiological investigations to detect any possible exposures and provide post-exposure care.
According to a state health department official, the single incidence is tied to overseas travel, and the person is isolated. The CDC will test a sample for confirmation. There had been no other examples discovered.
Monkeypox risk “remains very low to the entire community,” according to a state health department official. According to the Broward health department, there is “probable cross-protection against monkeypox” if a person has had the smallpox vaccination.
What are the signs and symptoms of monkeypox?
According to the CDC, monkeypox symptoms are less severe than smallpox symptoms. The illness begins with headaches, fever, and pains, then progresses to a rash on the face that spreads throughout the body.
Close, constant contact with an infected person’s lesions or indirectly with contaminated materials is required to transmit this viral illness.
If they come across a suspected case, health care practitioners should call their local health department.
According to the CDC, clusters of cases have been reported worldwide since May 14. This is in addition to the endemic areas of Central and West Africa.
Following a verified case in the United States by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the CDC issued a health caution.
In 1970, the first human case of monkeypox was detected, and in 2003, the illness was first recorded outside of Africa. That year, there were 71 confirmed and probable cases in six Midwestern U.S. states, all of which were linked to pet prairie dogs imported from Ghana. The prairie dogs were among a shipment of 800 tiny mammals that included dormice and Gambian pouched rats. Monkeypox had infected about a dozen animals.
In his first public comments about the sickness, President Joe Biden said that “It is a concern, in that if it were to spread, it would be consequential.”
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