First case of monkey pox confirmed in Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) – Johnson County Public Health is working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health to investigate the circumstances surrounding the county’s first confirmed case of monkeypox.

Monkeypox infections occur through skin-to-skin contact, bodily fluids, or touching shared items that have come into contact with bodily fluids and/or monkeypox rash/sores. The virus can also spread through respiratory secretions that occur during kissing, hugging, or sex. Monkeypox is generally not considered an STI, but can be transmitted during intimate contact.

People usually develop monkey pox 7 to 14 days (up to 21 days) after exposure. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes followed by a rash.

Johnson County Public Health encourages individuals who have monkey pox symptoms, especially the characteristic rash or ulcer, to contact their health care provider.

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