JACKSON, Tennessee – The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department said a case of monkeypox has been confirmed in the county.
The Ministry of Health says monkeypox is a rare disease that belongs to the same family of viruses that cause smallpox. The department says the symptoms between the two are similar, but monkeypox tends to be milder and rarely fatal.
The department adds that symptoms will usually appear within three weeks of exposure to monkeypox, and that the rash will usually appear after one to four days.
The Ministry of Health says the rash can be near the genitals, anus, hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.
“Monkeypox is spreading across the state and we were expecting to have a case in Madison County,” said Regional Administrator Kim Tedford. “We encourage people to be vigilant and protect themselves.”
The monkeypox virus can be transmitted through direct contact, such as rashes, crusts, or bodily fluids. It can also be caught by touching objects or fabrics such as bedding, clothing, towels, surfaces that have been touched by the rash, or body fluids.
It can also be detected by respiratory secretions during face-to-face or intimate physical contact, the department says.
The department says that people with monkeypox usually recover within two to four weeks. Antivirals may be recommended for those who are at higher risk of contracting the virus.
If you think you have been at risk, you will be asked to contact your healthcare provider.
The department says there are vaccines available to fight monkeypox. However, it is only given to those who have been in close contact with the virus, and those who have had multiple sexual partners in the past two weeks, especially men who have had sex with men.
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