Presumptive Positive Monkeypox Case

Published by The Bee News

August 23, 2022

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MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (August 23, 2022) – The Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and Arizona Department of Health Services are reporting a presumptive positive case of monkeypox in a Mohave County resident. Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform confirmatory testing is now occurring.

The individual did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home. The MCDPH has investigated and conducted contact tracing related to this case, and no additional cases have been identified at this time.

Monkeypox spreads from person to person through close physical contact with infectious monkeypox sores, bodily fluids, contact with objects or fabrics used by someone who has monkeypox, sexual contact, or prolonged face-to-face contact.

To protect yourself against monkeypox, avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people with a rash that looks like monkeypox; avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used, and wash your hands often.

The risk of getting monkeypox is low in Mohave County. People with unknown rashes or lesions should contact their health care provider for an assessment and avoid sex or being intimate during that time.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that causes symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by development of a rash. The rash often begins on the face or mouth and then spreads to other parts of the body, sometimes including genitalia. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks. Most people who contract monkeypox will have mild illness.

People who are immunocompromised, young children, pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with certain skin conditions may be more at risk for severe illness. Individuals who test positive for monkeypox should follow the treatment and prevention recommendations of their health care provider and the MCDPH.

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