OSDH Reports First Probable Case of Monkeypox in Oklahoma
The OSDH (Oklahoma State Department of Health) just released a statement that reported the first probable case of Monkeypox in the state of Oklahoma. A Central Oklahoma resident could possibly have the virus OSDH is currently working with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on the case.
The unidentified patient could have been exposed to the virus after traveling internationally to a country that has had confirmed cases. The patient is in isolation at this time as health experts perform contact tracing to notify any person who may have been in contact with them. While the OSDH hasn't 100% confirmed the case we can assume the person has shown symptoms of the virus and they're taking all health precautions.
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So what are the symptoms of Monkeypox? Typically an infected person will have a fever, chills, swollen glands, and rash. The rash may start as small bumps or inflamed red marks that will eventually become blisters. The virus is in the same family as Smallpox. Symptoms develop within 12 days after exposure.
You can catch Monekypox through direct contact with a person or animal who has the virus. Normally infection occurs through body fluids or close contact with soiled items that an infected animal or person has used such as bedding and clothing. You can click here to get more information on Monkeypox from the OSDH official site. For more information and to review the official OSDH statement that was released earlier today (06-10-22) you can click here to visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's website.