First case of monkeybox in North Carolina

The first case of monkeypox in North Carolina has been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Officials did not release where the monkeypox case was reported, but said it was not in the Charlotte area. but potentially serious, viral disease that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that includes initially fluid-filled bumps before scabs, according to NCDHHS. Health officials said the disease could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection such as syphilis or herpes, or the varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks. The NCDHHS says it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relevant local health departments, and patient health care providers to identify and notify people who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious. Monkeypox is typically spread by skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently in home isolation. No further information will be shared about this case to protect patient privacy. “The number of monkeypox cases has grown in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist and head of the epidemiology section. “Although this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We are encouraging doctors to consider this in people who have a rash or skin lesion that resembles monkeypox.”

The first case of monkeypox in North Carolina has been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials did not release where the monkeypox case was reported, but said it was not in the Charlotte area.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that includes initially fluid-filled bumps before scabs, according to NCDHHS.

Health officials said the disease could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection such as syphilis or herpes, or the varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks.

The NCDHHS says it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relevant local health departments, and patient health care providers to identify and notify people who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious.

Monkeypox is typically spread by skin-to-skin contact. The person is currently in home isolation. No further information will be shared about this case to protect patient privacy.

“The number of monkeypox cases has grown in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist and head of the epidemiology section. “Although this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We are encouraging doctors to consider this in people who have a rash or skin lesion that resembles monkeypox.”

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