New Hampshire reports first pediatric case of monkeypox

New Hampshire reports first pediatric case of monkeypox

The first pediatric case of monkeypox in New Hampshire has been identified, state health officials announced Friday. Officials said the Manchester child became infected after exposure to a household contact with monkeypox. The child, who has not been identified, has a mild illness and is in isolation at home, officials said.>> Resources: More information on monkeypox | Get vaccinated “The monkeypox virus is spread primarily through direct physical contact with another person who has monkeypox who has developed infectious skin lesions,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. “Our public health team is working to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus so that we can connect them with preventive vaccination, but the risk to the general school population and other members of the community is very weak.” Officials did not release the child’s age or say which school the child attends. Health officials said they were working with the child’s school to conduct contact tracing and identify others who may have had direct physical contact or hours of prolonged face-to-face contact with the child. child while he was contagious. Anyone identified as a close contact with the child will be contacted by public health investigators and recommended to be monitored for symptoms and given the JYNNEOS vaccine, which can help prevent infection after exposure. Officials said the general school community is believed to be at low risk of infection from monkeypox, as it is usually spread through direct physical contact with a symptomatic person. Experts said it was possible to spread through respiratory droplets, but only after hours of prolonged face-to-face contact. People with monkeypox develop a unique rash that changes over time as the disease progresses and then slowly disappears over several weeks. The monkeypox rash is highly contagious. Other symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, chills, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes. Sometimes people may just have the rash. A person with monkeypox can spread their infection from the time they first develop symptoms, and it remains contagious until their rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. People without symptoms of monkeypox are not considered contagious or a risk to others. As of August 31, there have been at least 31 pediatric cases of monkeypox in the United States.

The first pediatric case of monkeypox in New Hampshire has been identified, state health officials announced Friday.

Officials said the Manchester child became infected after being exposed to a household contact with monkeypox. The child, who has not been identified, has a mild illness and is in isolation at home, officials said.

>> Resources: More information on monkeypox | To get vaccinated

“Monkeypox virus is transmitted primarily through direct physical contact with another person with monkeypox who has developed infectious skin lesions,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. “Our public health team is working to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus so that we can connect them with preventive vaccination, but the risk to the general school population and other members of the community is very weak.”

Authorities have not revealed the child’s age or specified the school he attends.

Health officials said they were working with the child’s school to conduct contact tracing and identify others who may have had direct physical contact or hours of prolonged face-to-face contact with the child. child while he was contagious.

Anyone identified as a close contact with the child will be contacted by public health investigators and recommended to be monitored for symptoms and given the JYNNEOS vaccine, which can help prevent infection after exposure.

Officials said the general school community would be at low risk of monkeypox infection, as it is usually spread through direct physical contact with a symptomatic person. Experts said it was possible to spread through respiratory droplets, but only through hours of prolonged face-to-face contact.

People with monkeypox develop a unique rash that changes over time as a person’s disease progresses, then slowly subsides over several weeks. The monkeypox rash is highly contagious. Other symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, chills, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes. Sometimes people may just have the rash.

A person with monkeypox can spread their infection from the time they first develop symptoms, and it remains contagious until their rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. People without symptoms of monkeypox are not considered contagious or a risk to others.

As of August 31, there have been at least 31 pediatric cases of monkeypox in the United States.

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