Arkansas health officials identified monkeypox case

THANKS FOR JOINING US– I’M BRANDON EVANS. WE WANT TO GET TO SOME BREAKING NEWS– THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE FIRST CASE OF MONKEY POX HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE STATE. DOCTORS SAY WHILE THE NEW CASE IS CONCERNING — IT IS NOT AS CONTAGIOUS AS OTHER VIRUSES LIKE COVID-19. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS NOT SAID WHERE THE CASE IS IN THE STATE. SYMPTOMS OF MONKEYPOX INCLUDE FEVER, HEADACH

Arkansas Department of Health identifies state’s first case of monkeypox

Monkeypox has been identified in Arkansas for the first time, the state’s department of health announced Tuesday.”While this news is concerning, monkeypox is not as contagious as other viruses, like COVID-19,” Dr. Jennifer Dillaha director for the Arkansas Department of Health, wrote in a news release.The ADH did not say where in the state monkeypox was identified.Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to monkeypox should contact their health care provider to be tested, Dillaha said.Symptoms of MonkeypoxThe symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache and a painful rash. These occur seven to 14 days after exposure, according to the ADH.The virus can be passed on through direct skin contact with rash, scabs or bodily fluids or with contaminated items like clothing.Monkeypox is not an airborne illness but can be transmitted during prolonged , face-to-face contact, according to the ADH.Vaccines are available for monkeypox. Antiviral drugs and immunoglobulins can help treat it.Monkeypox was first identified in the United States in May. It was found in Oklahoma and Missouri last month.

Monkeypox has been identified in Arkansas for the first time, the state’s department of health announced Tuesday.

“While this news is concerning, monkeypox is not as contagious as other viruses, like COVID-19,” Dr. Jennifer Dillaha director for the Arkansas Department of Health, wrote in a news release.

The ADH did not say where in the state monkeypox was identified.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to monkeypox should contact their health care provider to be tested, Dillaha said.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

The symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache and a painful rash. These occur seven to 14 days after exposure, according to the ADH.

The virus can be passed on through direct skin contact with rash, scabs or bodily fluids or with contaminated items like clothing.

Monkeypox is not an airborne illness but can be transmitted during prolonged, face-to-face contact, according to the ADH.

Vaccines are available for monkeypox. Antiviral drugs and immunoglobulins can help treat it.

Monkeypox was first identified in the United States in May. It was found in Oklahoma and Missouri last month.

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