NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The Metro Department of Public Health’s most recent monkeypox update shows a total of 129 presumptive monkeypox cases in Nashville/Davidson County so far in 2022.
The health department reported that 88 of the 129 cases have now recovered and the patients are no longer suffering from heat stroke. Eight cases were registered in the last week.
The MPHD team administered 1,272 doses of the monkeypox vaccine. Vaccine eligibility is currently limited to those who are known contacts of a case of chickenpox, those who know their sexual partner has had chickenpox in the last 14 days, those who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days, and men who have sex with men. , transgender people, gender non-binary or gender non-conforming people who answered “yes” to one of the following circumstances in the last 90 days:
- had multiple sexual partners or anonymous sex.
- was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
- living with HIV.
- received PrEP for HIV.
Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can schedule a vaccination appointment by calling the communicable disease hotline at 615-340-5632.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox is a rare disease in the same family of smallpox viruses. Symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder. Monkeypox virus can be spread from person to person through:
- direct contact with the infectious rash, crusts, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact
- touching items such as clothing or sheets that have previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
The infection can start with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion before a rash develops. Many of the cases associated with the 2022 outbreak reported very mild symptoms or no symptoms other than a rash, according to the MPHD.
People should be on the lookout for new rashes that come with sores, bumps, or fluid-filled bumps and contact their doctor if they have questions.
According to the CDC, monkeypox can spread from the onset of symptoms until the rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin forms. Most people recover in 2-4 weeks, but the illness can be serious in rare cases, especially for immunocompromised people, children, and pregnant women.
Monkeypox, however, is rarely fatal and people who do not have symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. People who come in contact with a case of smallpox are monitored for several weeks, as it can take up to 21 days after exposure for symptoms to develop.
Source : www.wkrn.com