Monkeypox Information | The Dept. Health


The CDC is closely monitoring recently detected cases of monkeypox in the United States. As part of this 2022 outbreak of monkeypox in the United States, the Louisiana Department of Health identified its first case of monkeypox in a Louisiana resident on July 7, 2022.

There are likely more undiagnosed human cases of monkeypox in Louisiana than have been formally tested and identified to date.

What is monkey pox?

Monkeypox is a potentially serious viral illness that usually involves flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before forming a scab. The disease can be confused with a sexually transmitted infection such as syphilis or herpes, or with chickenpox. Most infections last two to four weeks.

How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is spread in different ways. The Monkeypox virus is most commonly spread through direct contact with a rash or wounds of someone infected with the virus.

It can also be spread through contact with clothing, bedding, and other objects used by someone with monkeypox, or through respiratory droplets that can be transmitted during prolonged face-to-face contact, including kissing , hugs or sex.

It is also possible for people to contract monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal, or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

People who do not have symptoms of monkeypox cannot transmit the virus to others.

According to the CDC, early data suggests that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men account for a high number of cases. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk.

What should concerned people do?

People can take basic steps to prevent the spread of monkeypox. Anyone who fears they may have been exposed or infected should refrain from intimate or close personal contact and seek medical attention. If you don’t have a health care provider, you can go to a parish health unit near you. Standard household cleaners and detergents are effective for cleaning environmental surfaces and laundry.

If you are awaiting test results, follow the same precautions.

If you test positive, stay in isolation until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a new layer of intact skin has formed.

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain and back pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

A rash that may look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or throat. anus

Sometimes people have a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash. Some cases in the current outbreak in the United States have experienced only isolated rashes in the genital area or other parts of the body.

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