First possible monkeypox case reported in Missouri, Indiana

Indiana Department of Health It also said it was investigating a possible monkeypox case, but would not release the location of the patient, whom it said was in isolation.

Contact tracing is being done in both the states. Initial testing took place in state health department laboratories and confirmatory testing is pending at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab.

“The risk of monkeypox in the general public is extremely low,” said Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Chris Box. “Monkeypox is rare and is not easily spread by brief casual contact.”

till Friday, CDC Report More than 110 confirmed cases of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus in several states. California has 24 cases, followed by New York with 21 and Illinois with 15.

The Department of Health in Houston, Texas, confirmed the first case of monkeypox on Saturday.

“After returning from travel, the resident developed symptoms and is experiencing a mild illness,” the Houston Department of Health said in a written statement. “The resident did not require hospitalization and is in isolation at home.”

first case of monkeypox It was reported in the United States in mid-May in 2022 when a Massachusetts resident tested positive after returning from Canada.
The World Health Organization has reported more than 2,103 confirmed cases and 1 suspected monkeypox case from 42 countries this year, including one death in Nigeria. status updates With whom.

Monkeypox is a rare infection, a much less serious cousin of the now-defunct smallpox virus. It is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa and is usually contracted from a rodent or small mammal. It does not spread easily from person to person.

However, the monkeypox virus can be spread through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or objects such as clothing and bedding contaminated with the virus. According to the CDC, it can also spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, usually in a close-knit setting.