NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The latest monkeypox update from the Metro Public Health Department shows a total of 129 suspected cases of monkeypox in Nashville/Davidson County so far in 2022.
The health department reported that 88 of the 129 cases have since recovered and the patients are no longer in isolation. Eight cases have been reported in the last week.
MPHD staff have administered 1,272 doses of monkeypox vaccine. Currently, eligibility for the vaccine is limited to those who are known contacts of a monkeypox case, those who know their sexual partner had monkeypox in the past 14 days, those who had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days, and men who have sex with men. , transgender people, gender non-binary people, or gender non-conforming people who answer “yes” to one of the following in the last 90 days:
- had multiple sexual partners or anonymous sex.
- been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
- are living with HIV.
- received PrEP for HIV.
Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can schedule a vaccination appointment by calling the communicable disease line at 615-340-5632.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox is a rare disease in the same family of viruses as smallpox. Symptoms are similar to smallpox, but milder. The monkeypox virus can reportedly be spread from person to person through:
- direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact
- touching items such as clothing or bedding that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
The infection can start with a 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 MPHD.
People should watch out for new rashes that come with sores, bumps, or fluid-filled bumps and contact their primary care provider if they have questions.
According to the CDC, monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms begin until the rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. Most people recover in 2 to 4 weeks, but the illness can be severe on rare occasions, especially for immunocompromised people, children, and pregnant women.
However, monkeypox is rarely fatal, and people who do not have symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. People who come into contact with a case of monkeypox are monitored for several weeks, as symptoms can last up to 21 days after exposure.
Source : www.wkrn.com