Brooksville, Florida – The Hernando County Florida Department of Health (DOH-Hernando), the Office of Public Health Laboratories, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a confirmed monkeypox case in Hernando County. Individual cases are isolated.
DOH-Hernando conducts epidemiological investigations to inform potential exposures and provide potential post-exposure precautions. At this time, DOH-Hernando has not identified any additional cases.
Monkeypox was once a rare viral disease in the United States and historically occurred primarily in Central and West Africa. The disease is now spreading to non-endemic countries. Monkeypox virus is most often spread through close contact with a monkeypox patient. Transmission of monkeypox generally requires prolonged face-to-face contact, direct contact with an active rash, or indirect contact with an active rash through contaminated items such as contaminated clothing. is. The threat of monkeypox to the general population remains low.
There is no specific treatment for monkeypox. Due to the similarities between monkeypox and smallpox, approved treatments for smallpox may be used. It is recommended that a person with monkeypox be vaccinated within 14 days of being in contact with him, but the vaccine is most effective if given within 4 days of her.
For more information on monkeypox, visit https://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/monkeypox/index.html.
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