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Springfield-Greene County Health Department officials are tracking a possible monkeypox case

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Springfield, Missouri (KY3) – There are currently 8,934 monkeypox cases in the United States.

There are 15 in Missouri and 9 in Arkansas, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Greene County has one confirmed case. Officials at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department say they are investigating more potential cases.

“Nobody wants to get sick. If you ask me, can you survive it?”

He says he was exposed to the virus while in Kansas City. Norman-Hodges immediately contacted the health department and said he was one of the first to be vaccinated in the area.

“I know it’s never been needed,” he said.

Only five monkeypox vaccines have been administered in Greene County.

“For now, the only people who can be vaccinated are those who have been in close contact with a confirmed laboratory case of monkeypox,” said Nancy Yuen, chief medical officer of the Department of Health.

“This is not a new disease.

He says the disease is not a sexually transmitted disease and is not limited to spreading within a specific group of people.

“No matter what demographic you belong to, you can spread it to someone else. We are all at risk,” Dr. Sistrunk explained.

The rash makes the disease highly contagious. But Dr. Sistrunk says there are other symptoms that occur before it forms.

“Like any viral infection, you may experience fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. did.

Health departments are tracking the spread of monkeypox using the same tactics used with the COVID-19 virus.

“We continue to use the same means of investigating and isolating cases. Really, we are just educating the public along with vaccinations. It’s a necessary strategy to limit the number of cases,” said Yoon.

Hospitals are also making plans to limit the spread of monkeypox.

“We have developed personal protective equipment for use when trying to avoid the spread of human-to-human transmission within a healthcare setting if a colleague thinks a patient may have monkeypox. plans are currently being implemented. They are being installed across the country,” said Dr.

Local health officials are urging communities to get education to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Yoon said, “It’s important that people don’t be afraid about this situation and just stay informed. But they should protect themselves as much as possible so they can protect their own health and the health of those closest to them.” to educate.”

Norman-Hodges says the monkeypox vaccine has given him peace of mind.

“Post-Corona, if that’s where we are, now is especially important. Is not.”

Click here to visit the Springfield-Greene County Health Department page for monkeypox resources and information.

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