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Wake County Health reports first case of monkeypox

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Wake County Public Health confirmed the county’s first case of monkeypox on Wednesday.

This marks the third confirmed case of the virus in North Carolina. The first case was discovered in Haywood County and the second in Mecklenburg County.

Wake Public Health said the patient is at home and contact tracing is ongoing.

“Monkeypox cases continue to rise across the country, so it’s no surprise that they’ve now been detected in Wake County,” said Dr. Nicole Mushonga, Associate Physician and Director of the Wake County Epidemiology Program. “Fortunately, unlike COVID-19, there is already an approved vaccine that should help contain this virus in the early stages of this outbreak. We encourage all residents to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors for monkeypox.”

According to Wake Public Health, monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever;
  • Headache;
  • muscle pain and back pain;
  • swollen lymph nodes;
  • Chills;
  • Exhaustion; and
  • 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.

The disease can be confused with a sexually transmitted infection such as syphilis or herpes, or with the chickenpox virus.

Most infections last two to four weeks.

This story will be updated.

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Dais Johnston

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