A man in his 30s is the third community member to have a confirmed case of monkeypox, according to city of El Paso health officials.
Public Health officials announced the case Thursday and said the patient is currently recovering at home.
The city’s epidemiology team has begun an investigation and contact tracing. The epidemiology team is working to identify those who had close contact with the man and will offer the vaccine to those individuals, a news release stated.
“Monkeypox, although a rare disease, is still present in our community and this case reported will not be the last case,” said City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “Individuals who belong to the high-risk group for monkeypox, should continue practicing safety precautions and getting vaccinated to keep themselves and their family safe from this and all other infectious diseases.”
Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be spread between people or between people and certain animals presenting with a very characteristic rash that may be located on several areas of the body. The rash will go through several stages, including scabs before healing. The rash initially can look like pimples or blisters and can be painful or itchy.
Symptoms of monkeypox include a distinctive rash, fever, chills, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, backache and swollen lymph nodes.
Monkeypox symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure to the virus. Individuals may experience all or only a few symptoms. Monkeypox is spread in various ways: through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, during intimate contact and from an infected animal.
The illness typically lasts two to four weeks.
How to prevent the spread of Monkeypox
· Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
· Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
· Wash your hands often.
Residents with monkeypox symptoms should talk to a health care provider to determine the disease and outline the next steps. For more information, visit EPHealth.com.
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