First case of monkeypox confirmed in Durham County

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — The first case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Durham County, according to public health officials.

The Durham County Department of Health said the “person is currently in isolation and close contacts have been notified.”

Durham County Health Director Rod Jenkins said health officials were preparing for monkeypox.

“We have been working with the state and the CDC to track the spread of monkeypox for several weeks, and we were prepared to respond upon confirmation of our first case here in Durham,” Jenkins said. “Our team was able to act quickly and complete contact tracing within hours of being notified of the case and we are pleased to not only be able to confirm that this individual is in isolation, but also to offer a vaccination to their close contacts be able.”

Officials said they continue to work with state and national partners to track the “national outbreak” of monkeypox and respond within Durham County.

Health officials said that while monkeypox is rare, it can still be a potentially serious illness, usually causing flu-like symptoms such as swelling of the lymph nodes and a rash with bumps that initially fill with fluid before crusting.

According to the CDC, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Fever
  • headache
  • muscle pain and back pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • chills
  • exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters and appears on the face, mouth, and other parts of the body such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

To protect yourself from monkeypox, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoid close skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs on a person with monkeypox.
  • Don’t kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Do not share cutlery or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

More information from the CDC can be found here.

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Dais Johnston

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