The first case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Jersey City.
The city shared the news via social media on June 20, linking to a government fact sheet about the virus at: nj.gov/health/cd/topics/monkeypox.shtml.
“The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Jersey City,” the city said in the statement. Please visit the NJ Health Dept website, which has been set up to provide all necessary information.
The city confirmed that it is working with both the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control on the matter.
“Our health officials are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the city said. “In an effort to keep you informed and updated, we will post any additional information here as needed.”
NJDOH confirms first case in park state
In a statement, NJDOH did not mention Jersey City, but did confirm that the state’s first case of monkeypox was identified following test results on June 18.
“The New Jersey Department of Health today announced the state’s first probable case of monkeypox,” the department said in a statement. “Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing performed by the department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in an individual in North Jersey on June 18. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department of Health believes the risk to the New Jersey population remains low. “.
In the direction of NJDOH, the individual is doing home isolation. The local health department performs contact tracing to identify any individuals who may have been exposed to the individual. No additional details related to the case will be revealed due to patient confidentiality, according to NJDOH.
Risks to the population remain low
The NJDOH reports that most New Jersey residents are not susceptible to monkeypox. New Jersey joins a slew of other states that have recently reported cases of the virus.
“Monkeypox is rare but can spread through close contact with an infected person or animal,” NJDOH said. “This may include contact with skin lesions, body fluids, sharing clothing or other items used by an infectious person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact. To date, confirmed cases of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus have been reported in 20 State and District of Columbia, according to the CDC.”
In humans, symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than those of smallpox, beginning with fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue 7 to 14 days after infection, according to the CDC. As a precaution, any New Jersey resident who has a flu-like illness with swollen lymph nodes and a rash occurring on the face and body should contact their health care provider, according to the NJDOH.
NJDOH alerted local medical professionals and local health departments to monitor cases. For more information on monkeypox, go to: cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html.
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