First case of monkeypox in the Carolinas reported


The first case of monkeypox in North Carolina has been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Officials did not release where the monkeypox case was reported, but said it was not in the Charlotte area. but a potentially serious viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before forming a scab, according to the NCDHHS. Health officials have said the illness could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or herpes, or with varicella zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks. NCDHHS says it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relevant local health departments, and the patient’s health care providers to identify and notify people who may have been in contact with the patient while that they were contagious. Monkeypox is usually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently in home isolation. No further information will be shared about this case to protect patient privacy. “The number of monkeypox cases has increased in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist and chief of the epidemiology section. “Although this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We encourage doctors to consider this in people with a rash or skin lesion resembling monkeypox.”

The first case of monkeypox in North Carolina has been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials did not say where the monkeypox case was reported, but said it was not in the Charlotte area.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before scabs over, according to the NCDHHS.

Health officials have said the illness could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or herpes, or with varicella zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks.

NCDHHS says it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relevant local health departments, and the patient’s health care providers to identify and notify people who may have been in contact with the patient while that they were contagious.

Monkeypox is usually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently in home isolation. No further information will be shared about this case to protect patient privacy.

“The number of monkeypox cases has increased in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist and chief of the epidemiology section. “Although this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We encourage doctors to consider this in people with a rash or skin lesion resembling monkeypox.”


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