The Department of Health announced the first possible case of monkeypox in New Jersey on Monday, but stressed that the risk of spreading remains low.
Tests conducted by the state’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratory confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in North Jersey residents on 18 June. health centre.
The infected person is in isolation at home, and the local health department is conducting contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed.
The state said it would not release further details to keep patients confidential, but a post on Jersey City’s official social media accounts read, “The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Jersey City. We have confirmed,” he said, adding that city health officials are “working closely with the CDC.”
Health officials say most residents are not at risk of contracting monkeypox, A rare virus that can be spread by prolonged close contact with an infected person or animal, including contact with lesions, body fluids, and respiratory droplets.
According to the CDC, 113 monkeypox cases were confirmed in 20 states and the District of Columbia on Friday. Global health officials expect the number of cases to rise, but say a pandemic is unlikely.
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Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue, and may appear one to two weeks after infection. New Jersey residents who have a flu-like illness, swollen lymph nodes, or a rash on their face or body should contact their healthcare provider.
Katie Sobko is a reporter for the New Jersey State House. Subscribe now or activate your digital account for unlimited access to her work covering New Jersey governors and political power structures.
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