DOH Press Release: DOH Identifies Third Probable Case of Monkeypox
Posted on June 9, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has identified another probable case of monkeypox in a Hawaii resident.
The individual is an adult resident of Oʻahu who attended a social gathering. The individual has not traveled off the island.
The individual had symptoms consistent with monkeypox. Testing by the Division of State Laboratories detected orthopoxvirus – monkeypox is a type of orthopoxvirus.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today that the first case reported on June 3 tested positive for monkeypox. Confirmatory tests for the second and third cases are pending with the CDC.
“This case has no travel history and we are investigating links between this third case and the first two cases,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Nathan Tan. “Those at increased risk should avoid anonymous sexual contact or events where individuals may have close bodily contact with others.”
At this time, the risk for most Hawaii residents remains low. Vaccination is not recommended for the general public, but is considered on a case-by-case basis for close contacts of probable cases. The DOH conducts contact tracing and works with federal authorities to order vaccines and therapeutics from the National Strategic Stockpile.
Nationally, the CDC reported that many cases involved gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men or those who had recently traveled abroad or within the continental United States. United. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone with monkeypox is at higher risk of infection, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or travel history.
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The infection begins with flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. The infection progresses to a rash or sores, often on the hands, feet, chest, face, or genitals. People usually become ill within 21 days of exposure.
Monkeypox can be spread through close and prolonged contact with an infected person or animal. This includes direct contact with bodily fluids, lesion material, or objects used by someone with monkeypox. Monkeypox can be spread by large respiratory droplets. These droplets generally cannot travel more than a few feet, so prolonged face-to-face contact is required.
People with symptoms consistent with monkeypox infection should contact their health care provider immediately.
Health care providers should immediately report suspected cases to DOH. Providers should be alert to patients who have rashes consistent with monkeypox, especially those who have recently traveled to areas reporting cases of monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Providers can click here to read the June 3 DOH Medical Advisory for more detailed guidance.
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Katie Arita Chang
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