Monkeypox Case Reported in Broward County
monkeypox case reported in broward county

Monkeypox Case Reported in Broward County

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County announced one presumptive case of monkeypox in Broward County on Sunday.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus, part of the same family as smallpox, though typically less severe.

DOH-Broward and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the case, which officials say is related to international travel.

The patient remains isolated as DOH-Broward conducts epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offers potential post-exposure prophylaxis.

Over the last week, clusters of monkeypox cases have been reported globally. On Friday, the CDC issued a health advisory regarding recent cases in the United States.

At this time, DOH-Broward has not yet identified any additional cases in the county.

According to a statement from DOH-Broward, there is likely cross-protection against monkeypox for individuals who received the smallpox vaccine.

DOH-Broward also says the risk of exposure remains low, because human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing.

Monkeypox is not generally considered a sexually transmitted disease, though it can be passed on during sex.

DOH-Broward advises that health care providers should remain vigilant of monkeypox symptoms, especially among individuals with relevant travel history.

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