LAS VEGAS, Nevada (FOX5) – With cases rising in southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley, doctors are educating community members about how monkeypox really spreads and how to minimize risk. We are working to let you know.
According to the CDC, monkeypox can be spread through sexual intimacy, touching, hugging, objects touched by an infected person, clothing, bed sheets, and respiratory droplets. Due to its wide range, there is a lot of confusion about how to prevent infection.
What scenarios put you at risk? Could a stranger give it to you? What about the risks to children?
“Your risk will still be fairly low in public. I’ve been
“At this time, we are identifying this infection as more intimate contact rather than a sexually transmitted disease,” said Dr. Madison. “You have to be very close. Been on dinner dates and concerts for more than a few hours and rubbed on them,” she said.
According to Dr. Madison, intimate or sexual contact is the most common scenario for spreading infection.
Other patients have reported infection after large gatherings such as nightclubs, parties, raves, or music festivals.
“It’s a potential risk if you’re at a festival or in a tightly packed area at an outdoor event with a lot of unexposed skin rubbing against people,” she said. Said. Said.
Domestic spread is another common scenario, where people are in close quarters and can inhale respiratory droplets. Others may come into contact with an infected person’s bedding, linens, or even laundry.
“If you have an infected person in your household, that person should be quarantined until the lesions are completely healed,” she said.
What can people do to protect themselves? Precautions include washing your hands, being careful about contact with strangers in large gatherings, and wearing clothing that covers your hands and feet.
Eligible people should get vaccinated as soon as possible or stay away from high-risk activities until they can be vaccinated to protect themselves and others, Dr Madison said. said.
Children can be protected by ensuring that their immunizations are up to date and that other adults in the family are taking appropriate precautions.
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