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3 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Jefferson County

DETERMINE WHETHER ANY CHARGES WILL BE FILED. THERE ARE NOW THREE CASES OF MONKEYPOX IN JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE CASES ARE NOT RELATED AND TWO OF THE THREE PEOPLE MOST LIKELY CONTRACTED IT WHILE TRAVELING THE VIRUS IS SIMILAR TO SMALLPOX USUALLY SPREADS THROUGH CLOSE IN-PERSON CONTACT SYMPTOMS INCLUDE FEVER HEADACHE MUSCLE ACHES CHILLS AND EXHAUSTION AND A RASH. THIS RASH MAY LOOK LIKE PIMPLES OR LITTLE BLISTERS AND THEY THEY WILL EVENTUALLY SCAB WILL EVENTUALLY DRAIN FLUID AND THEN SCAB OVER CONTACT WITH THIS RASH CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE RISK TO THE PUBLIC IS LOW AND SURVIVAL RATE FOR MONKEYPOX IS 99% BUT IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, YO

Health department: 3 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Jefferson County


There are now three confirmed cases of monkeypox in Jefferson County, the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness said.Dr. Jeffrey Howard, interim director and medical director for the department, said two of the individuals may have contracted the virus while traveling, and that one person may have contracted it in Jefferson County.Health officials said the cases are not related.The virus is similar to smallpox and usually spreads through close in-person contact.Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, rash, and exhaustion similar to the flu.Related story: Louisville health officials offer tips to avoid monkeypox after first Indiana case confirmed”This rash may look like pimples or little blisters and they will eventually drain fluid and scab over,” said Howard. “Contact with this rash can spread the virus.”Health officials say it’s important to remember the risk to the public is low, and the survival rate for monkeypox is 99%.Officials also said if you are showing signs of symptoms, you should isolate yourself immediately and call your doctor.

There are now three confirmed cases of monkeypox in Jefferson County, the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness said.

Dr. Jeffrey Howard, interim director and medical director for the department, said two of the individuals may have contracted the virus while traveling, and that one person may have contracted it in Jefferson County.

Health officials said the cases are not related.

The virus is similar to smallpox and usually spreads through close in-person contact.

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, rash, and exhaustion similar to the flu.

Related story: Louisville health officials offer tips to avoid monkeypox after first Indiana case confirmed

“This rash may look like pimples or little blisters and they will eventually drain fluid and scab over,” said Howard. “Contact with this rash can spread the virus.”

Health officials say it’s important to remember the risk to the public is low, and the survival rate for monkeypox is 99%.

Officials also said if you are showing signs of symptoms, you should isolate yourself immediately and call your doctor.

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