Monkeypox Cases Spreading in North Carolina

Viral infection spread mainly through direct contact found in multiple parts of the state in recent weeks.

Examples of Monkeypox Rashes.
Examples of Monkeypox Rashes. Photo: NHS England High Consequence Infectious Diseases Network

North Carolina officials have confirmed 11 cases of monkeypox in the state as of Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

The first case was diagnosed in Haywood County on June 23. Mecklenburg County announced its first case on June 27. Durham County confirmed its first case on Tuesday, July 12.

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. The West African strain involved in this outbreak has a high survival rate but can be “extremely painful” and leave lifelong scars, according to the CDC.

Monkeypox can cause a rash with a fluid-filled blister that later dries and scabs over. According to UNC Health, some patients might experience other symptoms before they notice any bumps. Some individuals may feel ill, be fatigued, experience headaches, or notice swollen glands.

“Monkeypox is transmitted person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact, having contact with an infectious rash, through body fluids, or through respiratory secretions,” according to DHHS. Symptoms can last for two-four weeks, and infected individuals can be contagious until their rash disappears.

“Anyone who has symptoms consistent with monkeypox and those who have had contact with someone who has monkeypox should isolate at home away from others and notify their health care provider,” said Sarah Henderson, health director for Haywood County.

Take basic steps to prevent the spread of monkeypox:

  •   Avoid close, skin to skin contact with the monkeypox rash.
  •   Do not touch the rash or scabs of person with monkeypox.
  •   Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  •   Do not share eating utensils or cups.
  •   Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a sick person.
  •   Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after contact with sick people.

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