By: Tye Richmond
Two more Monkeypox cases have now been reported in Delaware.
Last week we reported on the first case of monkeypox in the state of a 41-year-old New Castle County man tested positive.
But now this time, test results were positive for a 46-year-old Sussex County man. He first reported symptoms on July 18.
A 25-year-old Kent County man also tested positive. He first reported symptoms on July 14. The patient has been advised to self-isolate until lesions have fallen off and new skin appears.
It’s the second and third cases so far in Delaware.
Delaware Division Of Public Health Reports Two New Cases Of Monkeypox; Risk To Public Remains Low
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In a WDEL article it says, “Currently, there is no specific treatment for the monkeypox virus infection, and the state has a limited supply of the vaccine; but DPH Interim Director Dr. Rick Hong says the overall risk to the public remains low.”
“MPX is transmitted through close intimate contact with individuals who have rashes or flu-like symptoms. We urge people to educate themselves about this rare disease, including how it is spread, and to help prevent exposure,” Hong said. “DPH will continue to work with medical providers to screen and identify individuals for MPX testing. And we will prioritize our limited supply of vaccine for people who have been exposed to MPX for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).”
“The symptoms of MPX are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure to the virus. Most people who contract MPX will develop a rash, and some will develop flu-like symptoms beforehand. The flu-like symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes, chills, or exhaustion. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they usually will develop a rash one to four days later.”