MONKEYPOX: Health officials identify 1st probable case in Indiana

Health official discusses the threat of monkeypox in the Coastal Health District
Health official discusses the threat of monkeypox in the Coastal Health District(WTOC)
Published: Jun. 18, 2022 at 8:55 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The first probable case of monkeypox in Indiana this year has been identified, state health officials announced Saturday.

The Indiana Department of Health completed initial testing of the case on Saturday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will do further testing to confirm. IDOH explained that based on the initial positive test and preliminary case investigation, state health officials consider this a probable monkeypox infection.

The patient remains isolated, and health officials said they are working to identify anyone the patient may have had close contact with while infectious.

Monkeypox is a viral disease similar to smallpox but clinically less severe. Symptoms include the common fever, headache and sore throat. However, a rash that looks like water blisters will also start to develop on the body.

Person-to-person transmission is possible either through skin-to-skin contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores or contaminated items, such as bedding or clothing or through exposure to respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact, according to IDOH.

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