Eight new cases of monkeypox diagnosed in Mass. in past week, DPH says

Eight new cases of monkeypox diagnosed in Mass. in past week, DPH says

Eight new cases of monkeypox in adult males were identified within the past week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said.The DPH said the total number of monkeypox cases in Massachusetts is now 21 since the first case in the United States was announced on May 18.The DPH said the eight cases announced Thursday were diagnosed between June 23 and June 29 after initial testing was completed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain.The state health agency was working with local health officials, patients and health care providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious.The DPH said all eight people are isolating to prevent the spread to others.DPH officials said they would now only provide public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows there have been 351 cases of the monkeypox virus this year in U.S. residents.There have been no deaths in the US or globally related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully in two to four weeks.The DPH said while many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not.”Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified to date,” the DPH said in a news release. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.”Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or they may only have a few.While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact.Anyone who believes they may have monkeypox should isolate, but if they need to leave their home, they should wear a mask and cover their rash or lesions when around others.Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they have touched.

Eight new cases of monkeypox in adult males were identified within the past week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said.

The DPH said the total number of monkeypox cases in Massachusetts is now 21 since the first case in the United States was announced on May 18.

The DPH said the eight cases announced Thursday were diagnosed between June 23 and June 29 after initial testing was completed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain.

The state health agency was working with local health officials, patients and health care providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious.

The DPH said all eight people are isolating to prevent the spread to others.

DPH officials said they would now only provide public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows there have been 351 cases of the monkeypox virus this year in U.S. residents.

There have been no deaths in the US or globally related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully in two to four weeks.

The DPH said while many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not.

“Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified to date,” the DPH said in a news release. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.”

Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or they may only have a few.

While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact.

Anyone who believes they may have monkeypox should isolate, but if they need to leave their home, they should wear a mask and cover their rash or lesions when around others.

Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they have touched.

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