Indiana Health Department identifies first likely case of monkeypox infection

Indiana health officials announced the first possible case of monkeypox in 2022. The Indiana Department of Health announced the case on Saturday. Health officials said they would not release more information about the patient due to privacy concerns. Health officials said the initial testing was performed in Indiana Department of Health laboratories and confirmatory tests are pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on initial positive tests, health officials believe the case was a probable monkeypox infection. The patient is isolated and health professionals are working to identify anyone with whom the patient may have had close contact while being infected. “The risk of monkeypox among the general public remains extremely low,” U.S. Health Commissioner Chris Box, Ph.D., FACOG, said in a statement. “Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily through brief accidental contact. Please continue to take the same steps you take to protect yourself from any infection, including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and consult your healthcare provider if you have any new signs or symptoms. ” Human-to-human transmission is possible either by skin-to-skin contact with body fluids, monkeypox wounds or contaminated items such as bedding or clothing, or by exposure to respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact. Monkeypox is a viral disease that usually begins with flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. However, recent cases identified in the United States appear to be less likely to have initial constitutional symptoms of a flu-like illness or rash and may also remain retained in a specific part of the body. The disease is spread through direct contact, wounds, scabs, body fluids, and prolonged face-to-face contact, ie. intimate contact. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as a rash, including lesions, is asked to contact their healthcare provider. Those who feel unwell should stay at home unless they seek medical help. The CDC reports that 113 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 21 U.S. states and territories in 2022. Visit the CDC website for more information on the smallpox outbreak. Ohio reported a possible case of monkeypox last week.

Indiana health officials report the first possible case of monkeypox in 2022.

The Indiana Department of Health announced the case on Saturday.

Health officials said they would not release more information about the patient due to privacy concerns.

Health officials said the initial testing was done in the Indiana Department of Health’s laboratories and confirmatory testing is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on initial positive tests, health officials believe the case was a probable monkeypox infection.

The patient is isolated and health professionals work to identify anyone with whom the patient may have had close contact while infected.

“The risk of monkeypox in the general public remains extremely low,” said State Health Commissioner Chris Box, MD, FACOG. “Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily through brief accidental contact. Please continue to take the same steps you take to protect yourself from any infection, including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and consult your healthcare provider if you have any new signs or symptoms.

Human-to-human transmission is possible either by skin-to-skin contact with body fluids, monkeypox wounds or contaminated objects such as bedding or clothing, or by exposure to respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that usually begins with flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. However, recent cases identified in the United States appear to be less likely to have initial constitutional symptoms of a flu-like illness or rash and may also remain retained in a specific part of the body.

The disease is spread through direct contact, wounds, scabs, body fluids and prolonged face-to-face contact, ie. intimate contact.

Anyone experiencing symptoms such as a rash, including lesions, should contact their doctor.

Those who feel unwell should stay at home unless they seek medical attention.

The CDC reports that 113 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 21 U.S. states and territories in 2022. Visit the CDC website for more information on the smallpox outbreak.

Ohio reported a possible case of monkeypox last week.

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