Connecticut Confirms First Monkeypox Case

The Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of Monkeypox in Connecticut.


They claim the risk to the general public is ‘low’ but want residents to be aware of possible symptoms.


Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD, said: “The United States is currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak and there will likely be additional cases in Connecticut in the weeks ahead.


“DPH believes that the risk to Connecticut residents from this case is low.


“Monkeypox can spread through close prolonged contact with an infected person.


“This might include coming into contact with skin lesions, or body fluids, sharing clothes or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.”


The first confirmed case of monkeypox is understood to be a male patient aged between 40-and-49-years who lives in New Haven County.


He is isolating and has not been hospitalized. No other patient information will be released.


The DPH has been raising awareness of monkeypox over the past month and alerting medical professionals and health departments of the rising risk of monkeypox.


Symptoms can include fever, swollen glands and a new rash and anyone with concerns should contact the DPH Epidemiology Program at (860) 509 7994.


For more information about monkeypox please visit Monkeypox – Poxivirus – CDC


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