Connecticut state health officials announced the first case of monkeypox in a Connecticut resident. The patient is a male between the ages of 40 and 49 and is a resident of New Haven County. The patient is isolating and has not been hospitalized.
“The Connecticut Department of Public Health believes that the risk to Connecticut residents from this case is low,” said Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “The United States is currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, and there will likely be additional cases in Connecticut in the weeks ahead. Monkeypox can spread through close prolonged contact with an infected person. This might include coming into contact with skin lesions, or body fluids, sharing clothes or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.”
Over the past month, DPH has raised awareness of monkeypox among higher risk populations, alerted and educated local medical professionals, and informed local health departments throughout the state to monitor for cases. For Connecticut residents that are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of July 5, 560 total confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases have been reported from 33 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
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