first possible cases reported in Missouri, Indiana

The Indiana Department of Health also said it was investigating a possible case of monkeypox but would not reveal the whereabouts of the patient, who they said is in isolation.

Contact tracing is running in both federal states. Initial testing has been conducted at state Department of Health and Human Services labs and is pending confirmatory testing for disease control and prevention labs in the United States.

“The risk of monkeypox in the community remains very low,” said Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Chris Box. “Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily through brief, casual contact. »

As of Friday CDC. Reports Over 110 confirmed cases of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus in multiple states. California has 24 cases, followed by New York with 21 and Illinois with 15.

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

“The resident developed symptoms upon return from travel and had mild illness,” the Houston Department of Health said in a written statement. “The resident did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home. »

The first case of monkeypox in the United States in 2022 was reported in mid-May when a Massachusetts resident tested positive after returning from Canada.
More than 2,103 confirmed cases and one suspected case of monkeypox worldwide were reported to WHO this year from 42 countries, including one death worldwide. NigeriaStatus update who who.

Monkeypox is a rare infection, a less dangerous cousin of the now-eradicated smallpox virus. It is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa and is usually transmitted by rodents or small mammals. It is not easily transmitted from person to person.

However, the monkeypox virus can be spread through contact with bodily fluids, monkeypox wounds, or items contaminated with the virus, such as clothing and bedding. It can also spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, usually in close proximity, according to the CDC.

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