The state Department of Health said on Monday that a guy from the Twin Cities who just got back from a vacation to Europe is thought to have the first case of monkeypox in Minnesota.
The state’s public health lab processed the initial positive test on Saturday. To validate those findings, a second test will be carried out by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials claim that there is little risk to the general public.
In Minnesota, according to state epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield, “there are no high-risk interactions.” “However, we do anticipate seeing more cases.”
The diseased individual is being treated as an outpatient. State agents are tracking his contacts to find out who could be in danger.
According to Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, “Monkeypox hazard typically stays low, but it’s vital that everyone be aware of this disease, so that people at risk may seek medical treatment and get tested immediately if they suspect they have symptoms.”
According to health experts, the orthopoxvirus that causes monkeypox spreads more slowly through casual contact but more readily through contact with body fluids or infected wounds. Additionally, transmission through respiratory droplets might happen during extended face-to-face contact or when using infected objects.
Compared to influenza, chickenpox, measles, and COVID-19, monkeypox is less infectious. For the virus to spread by respiratory droplets, close face-to-face contact would need to last for around an hour.
Skin-to-skin contact and coming into touch with contaminated bedding or clothing are the easiest ways for it to spread. Until the lesions are completely healed, infected persons can spread the monkeypox.
Although HPV is not a sexually transmitted illness, skin-to-skin contact during sex can spread it.
Fever, headache, muscular pains, enlarged lymph nodes, and a rash of pimples or blisters are all signs of infection. Some infected individuals just get a rash and no additional symptoms.
Health experts claim that in addition to blisters on the vaginal and anal sites, the rash can also develop in the mouth. The rash can also show up on the face and other body areas.
After two to four weeks, the majority of patients heal on their own without medical assistance. Antiviral drugs can treat monkeypox, which can occasionally become more serious or even deadly if it results in pneumonia or sepsis.
There have been 201 cases of monkeypox recorded by the CDC nationally in 26 different states. Where the disease is uncommon, more than 4,100 cases have been reported internationally in recent months.
Certain regions of western and central Africa are endemic to monkeypox. In certain places of Europe, an outbreak is still continuing strong.
There is a monkeypox vaccination available for high-risk individuals, but its broad usage is not currently advised.