First positive monkeypox test reported in Pittsburgh – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — The latest case of monkey pox in Pennsylvania tested positive in Allegheny County.

As of this afternoon, there have been eight confirmed cases in Pennsylvania. All but one are from the Philadelphia area. The local case was heard at Central Outreach in the Northside.

This brings the total number of cases in the state to five. Pennsylvania’s first case was reported in Philadelphia on June 2.

Infectious disease specialist, Dr. Stacy Lane, treated the patient.

“Initially, the patient’s symptoms were mild. He eventually tested positive at West Penn Hospital over the course of two days, and the state confirmed he has monkey pox,” said Dr. lane.

She added that mainly men contract the virus.

“The virus really targets gay men. I think people should be aware of their own skin and that of others before having skin-to-skin contact,” she added.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped up their response to the monkeypox outbreak and activated their center for emergency operations.

According to data from the World Health Organization, nearly 4,000 cases have been identified worldwide since the outbreak began in May.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox starts with:

  • A fever
  • Headache
  • muscle strain
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • exhaustion

Within one to three days of fever, the patient develops a rash, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body.

Monkeypox spreads in several ways, according to the CDC, including the following:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • breathing secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
  • touching items (such as clothing or bedding) that have previously touched the contagious rash or body fluids
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus via the placenta

Monkeypox: What is it, how dangerous is it, should you be concerned?

In particular, the CDC now advises health care providers to test for all rashes clinically suspected of monkey pox.

According to the CDC, “Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection. To control a possible outbreak, the smallpox vaccine is given.”

According to Dr. Lane, if you’ve been exposed to monkey pox, the key is getting the vaccine early.

“Time is of the essence. The sooner they get the vaccine, the better off they are.”

If you have been exposed, you should contact your doctor or the health department, and they can provide you with a smallpox vaccine, which also treats monkeypox.

Central Outreach Wellness Center said “keep your hands to yourself” to stop the spread.

Here is the latest number of cases in the United States by state: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/us-map.html

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