First case of Monkeypox reported in Shelby County, says SCHD

SHELBY COUNTY, Tennessee – The first case of Monkeypox has been reported in Shelby County, the Shelby County Health Department confirmed in a news release Monday afternoon.

The health department said it was working with the patient and their healthcare provider to identify anyone who may have come into contact with them.

This comes after Mississippi reported its first case of Monkeypox in the state.

Monkeypox is a rare disease from the same family of viruses as smallpox.

According to the CDC, the monkeypox virus can be spread from person to person through direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs or bodily fluids, respiratory secretions during face-to-face contact or from intimate physical contact, or by touching objects that have already touched the infectious rash. or bodily fluids. Pregnant women can also transmit the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

The SCHD says the public should be alert for new rashes characterized by sores, bumps or fluid-filled bumps and seek medical attention if they have symptoms.

A vaccine is available for Monkeypox, but it is not available to the general public at this time. There is also no vaccination recommendation for those who have not been exposed to confirmed cases.

For more information on Monkeypox, you can visit the Tennessee Department of Health Where the CDC website.

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