North Carolina has reported more than 200 cases of monkeypox, with 34 counties having at least one patient, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on August 18.
This includes Orange County, which had First confirmed case Monkey disease on August 17. North Carolina’s first confirmed case was reported on June 23.
Nationally, more than 14,000 monkey diseases have been identified in the United States. Compared to other states, North Carolina ranks 15th for monkeypox, according to Aug. 18 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
North Carolina’s response
According to their website, NCDHHS is working with local health departments and community partners to identify, track and respond to cases in the state.
It launched a planned response to the first cases in the UK and has been working to disseminate guidance to healthcare providers and information to the public.
“If there is a case that comes through our local health departments, we are required to report it to us so that we can follow up with them, provide treatment and supplies, and do contact tracing,” said Dr. Susan Cansagra, NCDHHS Assistant Secretary for Public Health.
The Department of Health provides and provides JYNNEOS vaccines to those who are at risk of monkeypox List of vaccination sites on the website.
JYNNEOS is a monkeypox vaccine that is recommended by the CDC to protect against rare diseases. The vaccine requires two doses, and takes 14 days after taking the second dose of JYNNEOS for maximum immune protection.
According to NCDHHS, vaccine availability is limited. Therefore, the department will give priority to those who have or are at high risk of monkeypox. Cansagra said they have more than 10,000 vaccinations for the worst affected in North Carolina.
Vaccination eligibility criteria in North Carolina include: Anyone who has been in close contact with a person with syphilis in the past two weeks – and gay or bisexual men or transgender people who have had multiple sex partners or who have not had sex with a sexually transmitted infection or HIV infection He received drugs to prevent it.
Orange County Response
According to an Aug. 17 press release, the Orange County Health Department has had direct contact with the county’s first confirmed case of the disease.
“We’ve been preparing for monkeypox and now that it’s here, we want our community to be aware of this disease and get people at risk to get medical attention and get tested quickly if they have symptoms,” said the Orange County Health Director. Quintana Stewart said in the release.
at 414 E. Main St. in Durham. While the vaccination site served as Orange County’s monkeypox prevention center, there were a few pop-up clinics in the county, Carrboro Mayor Damon Seals said.
“We are working with our community health colleagues at the health department to organize some community events in the not too distant future,” said Margaret Campbell, family nurse practitioner at the Orange County Health Department.
Seals, who received the vaccine through the Durham County Public Health Department, said he encourages people at high risk to get the monkeypox vaccine.
Although anyone can get syphilis, nearly all cases of syphilis in North Carolina are currently in men who have sex with men, according to the NCDHHS.
Most of the state’s monkeypox cases are black men.
“Less than a quarter of black North Carolinians are receiving vaccinations, while 70 percent are among black men.” August 10 NCDHHS report he said.
In contrast, white males accounted for only 19 percent, but white North Carolinians received 67 percent of vaccination rates.
“What we really want to do is make sure we’re providing clear and derogatory information,” Cansagra said. “We know that there is already a lot of stigma in the community and we want to make sure that what we do does not create more stigma.”
As a gay man, Sels is concerned about the stigma and misinformation that may come with the rise in monkey disease. People need to know that anyone can be infected with herpes – and it is not a sexually transmitted disease.
Seals added that he is concerned about the disparity in vaccinations against black men. Vulnerable people often have less access to the resources they need, he said.
“Different populations, especially race and ethnicity, have disparities in access to health care,” Seals said.
According to the NCDHHS and CDC, early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, fatigue, headache, and occasionally a sore throat and cough. A rash that looks like a pimple or blister will soon appear.
Symptoms usually begin within three weeks of exposure to the virus and usually last two to four weeks. Canker sores can be transmitted from the time symptoms appear until the rash heals.
The CDC says rabies can be transmitted to anyone through close, personal, skin-to-skin contact.
This can include direct contact with an infected person’s rash, scabies, or body fluids.
Direct contact may occur, including: oral, anal, or vaginal sex, touching, hugging, rubbing, or kissing the genitals of an infected person, and prolonged face-to-face contact.
Cansagra said North Carolinians should contact their primary care providers if they are concerned they may have contracted the virus.
“Every provider can do this: they can swab and filter and send it to the lab,” she says. “We really encourage people to be aware and get it checked out if they have concerns.”
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