Suspected Monkeypox in New York City Awaiting CDC Confirmation

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    In a press release issued to the public, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH) declared that the patient was being isolated and the process of finding contacts was beginning. The agency stated that if the lab test was positive, it would “be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] for confirmatory testing.”

    The CDC has yet to verify its findings from the test, NBC News reported.

    Spectrum News NY 1 notes that New York State Health Commissioner Mary T. Basset released an announcement regarding the possible New York monkeypox patient:

    “The instances of patients believed to be monkeypox in all of the United States and elsewhere are alarming. Even though a case that could be occurring in New York State awaits confirmatory tests from our local and federal partners, The Department has provided health professionals with information of New York State so that they can consider this uncommon diagnosis if patients are suffering from symptoms. The risk for the general population isn't very high.”

    “Most people recover within several weeks and monkeypox has only been fatal in rare cases,” the AFP has stated recently.

    There is a possibility that there could be the existence of monkeypox, a disease indigenous to central and western Africa which is currently being reported in New York following the confirmation of the disease in a Massachusetts resident who traveled to Canada, according to a document by Breitbart News. On May 14th, people who contracted the virus were confirmed to have contracted the virus in Canada and also in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal, according to the NYCDHMH said. The reason for the outbreak in other continents other than Africa is not yet clear, but historically the majority of cases are related to travel from Africa or bites from animals, the agency stated.

    “Many of these global reports of monkeypox cases are occurring within sexual networks,” said poxvirus expert Inger Damon, MD Ph.D.

    “On Monday, the WHO signalled that some of the cases confirmed recently in Britain surfaced among gay men,” the AFP reported.

    “People who may have symptoms of monkeypox, particularly men who report sex with other men, and those who have close contact with them, should be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and contact their healthcare provider for a risk assessment,” the CDC said on Wednesday.

    The disease is part of the orthopoxvirus family which also includes smallpox, cowpox, and vaccinia as the CDC notes. Patients are infected during the incubation period which can last between 7 and 14 days, however it could be present for as long as three weeks, as per the agency. Following incubation, initial “symptoms include fever, malaise, headache, sometimes sore throat and cough,” and “swollen lymph nodes,” which can develop in”the prodrome” phase , which is when patients are most likely to be in danger of developing the illness as per the agency. Furthermore, the CDC states that lesions can occur in oral cavities of sufferers and on their bodies. These disappear when they move through different stages.

    The bodily fluids, lesions, and shared blankets, clothing, and sheets are all possibilities for how the disease can be spread. It can also transmit “through respiratory droplets typically in a close setting,” according to the CDC.

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