Cases of monkeypox have been reported in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed two cases of monkeypox infection in the state. One with a person in the Midlands region and another with a person in the Lowcountry region. DHEC officials say affected people will be monitored until they are no longer infectious to prevent the virus from spreading and isolated if necessary. Appropriate care will be provided if required. “We understand that residents have concerns about how this virus could impact our state,” said Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist. “We expected infections as part of the larger international outbreak to eventually emerge in South Carolina, which is why DHEC has been planning a response for weeks. However, monkeypox does not spread easily and we believe the risk to the general population remains low at this time.” Regional epidemiology staff in the Midlands and Lowcountry are conducting contact studies and providing post-exposure vaccinations to those exposed to the infected on . These people will also be monitored to see if they develop an infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified, and DHEC continues to follow CDC guidelines in responding to monkeypox. Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease, according to DHEC. The department says the typical illness begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, leading to a rash on the face and body, but we’re learning that many cases of the current outbreak have the typical onset, and the rash can only appear on a part of the body. Most infections last two to four weeks. Monkeypox is a reportable disease in South Carolina as a novel infectious agent. Healthcare providers are asked to notify DHEC of any patient they suspect has monkeypox for guidance on recommended testing. Monkeypox is not easily transmitted from person to person. According to DHEC, it can be spread through prolonged personal contact, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact, and through contaminated materials (clothing or bedding from an infected person). If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone with monkeypox or have a new, unusual skin rash, please seek medical attention from your usual health care provider, visit an emergency center, or call your local health department. While the risk to the general population remains low, we encourage the public to educate themselves about monkeypox through reliable sources, including the DHEC website and the CDC website.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed two cases of monkeypox infection in the state.

One with a person in the Midlands region and another with a person in the Lowcountry region.

DHEC officials say affected people will be monitored until they are no longer infectious to prevent the virus from spreading and isolated if necessary. Appropriate care will be provided if required.

“We understand that residents have concerns about how this virus could impact our state,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist. “We expected infections as part of the larger international outbreak to eventually emerge in South Carolina, which is why DHEC has been planning a response for weeks. However, monkeypox does not spread easily and we believe the risk to the general population remains low at this time.”

Regional epidemiology staff in the Midlands and Lowcountry are conducting contact investigations and offering post-exposure vaccinations to those exposed to the infected.

These people will also be monitored to see if they develop an infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified, and DHEC continues to follow CDC guidelines in responding to monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease, according to DHEC.

The department says the typical illness begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, leading to a rash on the face and body, but we’re learning that many cases of the current outbreak have the typical onset, and the rash can only appear on a part of the body.

Most infections last two to four weeks.

Monkeypox is a reportable condition in South Carolina as a novel infectious agent. Healthcare providers are asked to notify DHEC of any patient they suspect has monkeypox for guidance on the recommended assessment.

Monkeypox is not easily transmitted from person to person. According to DHEC, it can be spread through prolonged personal contact, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact, and through contaminated materials (clothing or bedding from an infected person).

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone with monkeypox or have a new, unusual skin rash, please seek medical attention from your usual health care provider, visit an emergency center, or call local health department.

While the risk to the general population remains low, we encourage the public to educate themselves about monkeypox from reliable sources, including the DHEC website and the CDC website.

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