First case of monkey box in North Carolina

The first case of monkeypox in North Carolina has been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Officials have not released where the monkey pox case was reported, but said it was not in the Charlotte area. Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious, viral illness that typically presents with flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes and a rash with bumps that initially fill with fluid before crusting, according to NCDHHS. Health officials said the disease could be confused with a sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis or herpes, or with the varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus. 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 patient health care providers to identify and notify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious. Monkeypox is usually spread through skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently in isolation at home. To protect patient privacy, no further information about this case will be shared. “Monopox cases have increased in the US and worldwide,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist and chief of epidemiology. “While this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We encourage physicians to consider this in people with a rash or skin lesion that resembles monkeypox.”

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

Officials have not released where the monkey pox case was reported, but said it was not in the Charlotte area.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that, according to the NCDHHS, is typically accompanied by flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes, and a rash with bumps that initially fill with fluid before crusting over.

Health officials said the disease could be confused with a sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis or herpes, or with the varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus. 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 patient health care providers to identify and notify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious.

Monkeypox is usually spread through skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently in isolation at home. To protect patient privacy, no further information about this case will be shared.

“Monopox cases have increased in the US and worldwide,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist and chief of epidemiology. “While this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We encourage physicians to consider this in people with a rash or skin lesion that resembles monkeypox.”

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