42 additional cases diagnosed this week in Mass., says DPH

Massachusetts health officials say 42 new cases of monkeypox have been identified in adult males in Massachusetts in the past week, according to the latest tally from the Department of Health. The DPH said the total number of monkey pox cases in Massachusetts is now 157 since the first case in the United States was announced on May 18. Health lab in Jamaica Plain. The state health organization worked with local health officials, patients and health care providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were contagious. Known monkeypox patients are instructed to isolate themselves from others until they are no longer contagious. State health officials say nearly 5,875 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine have been administered. The vaccine is available to individuals at greatest risk of exposure to someone with monkey pox. The number of healthcare providers and locations offering vaccination in the state has expanded to 14 as the federal allocation of the vaccine has been increased. The list of health care providers’ sites is available on the state’s monkeypox vaccine website. DPH officials provide public updates every Thursday on cases of monkeypox in Massachusetts. The federal government declared a public health emergency on Thursday to bolster its response to the monkeypox outbreak. The announcement will free up money and other resources to fight the virus, which can cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimples on many parts of the body. “This statement also means that significant resources can now be mobilized at the federal and state levels to try and fight this outbreak,” said Dr. Rick Malley, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “And this, in particular, means more treatment, this means more vaccines, and this means much better coordination between federal, state and local health services.” Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that there have been 6,617 cases of monkeypox virus this year. years among US residents. There have been no deaths in the US or worldwide related to this outbreak and patients generally fully recover in two to four weeks. The DPH said that while many of the early cases were related to international travel, recent cases are not. “Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified so far,” the DPH said in a press release. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkey pox is at risk.” Early symptoms of monkey pox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkey pox may have many lesions or they may have only a few. Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with bodily fluids and monkey pox ulcers, by touching objects contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact. Anyone who believes they may have monkey pox should isolate themselves, but if they have to leave their home they should wear a mask and cover their rash or lesions around others. gloves if they must come into direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or bedding if the person is unable to do so themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the infected person or with their clothing, bedding, towels, and other objects or surfaces they have touched.

Massachusetts health officials say 42 new cases of monkeypox have been identified in adult males in Massachusetts in the past week, according to the latest tally from the Department of Health.

The DPH said the total number of monkey pox cases in Massachusetts is now 157 since the first case in the United States was announced on May 18.

The 42 cases announced in Thursday’s weekly update were diagnosed between July 28 and August 3 through testing at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain.

The state health service worked with local health officials, patients and health care providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were contagious. Known monkeypox patients are instructed to isolate themselves from others until they are no longer contagious.

State health officials say nearly 5,875 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine have been administered. The vaccine is available to individuals at greatest risk of exposure to someone with monkey pox.

The number of health care providers and locations offering vaccinations in the state has expanded to 14 as the federal vaccine allocation has increased. The list of health care providers’ sites is available on the state’s monkeypox vaccine website.

DPH officials provide public updates every Thursday on cases of monkeypox in Massachusetts.

The federal government declared a public health emergency on Thursday to bolster its response to the monkeypox outbreak.

The announcement frees up money and other resources to fight the virus, which can cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the body.

“This statement also means that significant resources can now be mobilized at the federal and state levels to combat this outbreak,” said Dr. Rick Malley, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “And this, in particular, means more treatment, this means more vaccines, and this means much better coordination between federal, state and local health services.”

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that there have been 6,617 cases of monkeypox virus among US residents this year.

There have been no deaths in the US or worldwide related to this outbreak and patients generally fully recover in two to four weeks.

The DPH said that while many of the early cases were related to international travel, recent cases are not.

“Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified so far,” the DPH said in a press release. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkey pox is at risk.”

Early monkey pox symptoms can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash can be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkey pox may have many lesions or they may have only a few.

Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with bodily fluids and monkey pox ulcers, by touching objects contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact.

Anyone who thinks they have monkey pox should isolate themselves, but if they have to leave their home they should wear a mask and cover their rash or lesions around others.

Those living with or caring for someone who may have monkey pox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they have to come into direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the infected person or with their clothing, bedding, towels, and other objects or surfaces they have touched.

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