Beaufort County reports first case of monkeypox

Beaufort County reports first case of monkeypox
Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 7:25 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The Beaufort County Health Department identified its first case of monkeypox on Friday.

The Health Department is working with the patient and provider to identify and notify individuals who may be at risk due to close contact.

The patient is currently isolated, and no further information will be shared to protect the patient’s privacy.

In North Carolina, there are currently 288 cases.

The health department says monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious, viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes, and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before scabbing over.

The Beaufort County Health Department does offer the monkeypox vaccine. Individuals must meet eligibility criteria to receive the vaccine. Vaccine eligibility criteria include anyone who has been in close physical contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox in the last 14 days. Men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who report any of the following in the last 90 days: Having multiple or anonymous sex partners. Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection. Receiving medications to prevent HIV infection (PrEP)

The vaccine is available for certain health care workers and public health response team members designated by public health authorities.

In eastern Carolina, cases have also been reported in Pitt, Craven, Duplin, Wayne, Wilson, Nash and Northampton Counties.

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