PROVIDENCE, RI (WHDH) – The first probable case of monkeypox in the Ocean State has been identified.
The patient is a male in his 30s residing in Providence County. This individual is pending a positive test from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient probably fell ill after a trip to Massachusetts. He is hospitalized and remains in good condition.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is working to contact Trace and find people who may have been exposed to this man while he was contagious. These contacts will be monitored for three weeks after their last day of contact with the patient.
“While monkeypox is certainly a concern, the risk to Rhode Island residents remains low — even with this finding,” said interim director of health Dr. James McDonald. “Monkeypox is a well-known — and remains extremely rare — disease in the United States. Fortunately, there is a monkeypox vaccine that can be given before or after exposure to prevent infection.”
The Rhode Island DPH found that monkeypox does not spread easily through casual contact. Human-to-human transmission occurs through direct contact with bodily fluids, including the rash caused by the disease, or through close personal contact. The time from exposure to symptoms is usually 5 to 21 days.
Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes, with a facial rash often being the first symptom. Most people recover without requiring treatment.
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