A Penobscot County man has examined optimistic for monkeypox.
It’s the second case of the virus to be confirmed within the state following a York County man whose case was reported July 22, in line with the Maine Middle for Illness Management and Prevention.
The Maine CDC didn’t launch any further particulars concerning the particular person, citing affected person privateness.
Maine has obtained sufficient doses of the monkeypox vaccine Jynneos for 311 individuals. The vaccine might be made out there to any shut contacts.
The Maine CDC suggested anybody who believes they’ve been uncovered or have developed unexplained lesions to contact their physician for analysis, testing, and referral for vaccination.
Monkeypox is a uncommon illness in the identical household of viruses that features smallpox. The virus is transmitted by shut contact with a symptomatic affected person, together with bodily, skin-to-skin contact, similar to intercourse, in line with the Maine CDC.
Signs embody rashes, sores and a flu-like sickness. Monkeypox may be painful and disfiguring, with critical circumstances requiring hospitalization. However it’s not often deadly, in line with the Maine CDC.
Mainers can defend themselves towards an infection by avoiding shut contact with anybody who seems to have monkeypox-like rash; sharing meals, utensils and cups utilized by an contaminated affected person; dealing with bedding, towels and clothes utilized by somebody who has been contaminated; and to scrub their fingers usually with heat water and cleaning soap or utilizing an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The virus has been current in New England since at the very least Might 18, when the primary case was confirmed in Massachusetts. The virus was confirmed to be in New Hampshire in late June.
As of July 29, there have been 5,189 circumstances of monkeypox throughout america, in line with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.