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NC reports 1st case of monkeypox

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Public health officials have reported the first case of monkeypox in a North Carolinian.

The state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case Thursday but gave no further details about the person who has it.

Most infections last 2-4 weeks, with the rare but potentially serious viral illness typically causing flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes, and a bumpy rash.

Transmission occurs through direct skin-to-skin contact, through contact with an infectious rash, or through bodily fluids or respiratory secretions.

It can be mistaken for a sexually transmitted infection such as syphilis or herpes, or chickenpox.

More than 3,300 cases of monkeypox have been identified worldwide since May, including 156 in the United States, according to the NCDHHS

There were no deaths related to the monkeypox outbreak.

“Monkeypox cases have been increasing in the United States and around the world,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore. “Although this is the first confirmed case in North Carolina, we know there are likely other cases in the state. We encourage physicians to consider this in people who have a rash or skin lesion that looks like monkeypox.”

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Dais Johnston

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