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First case of monkeypox reported in Mississippi, health department says

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Mississippi has confirmed its first case of monkeypox, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).

The specimen was tested at the Mississippi State Department of Health - Public Health Laboratory, MSDH said.

This is the first case ofmonkeypox in a Mississippi resident, but it “remains likely that other cases will be identified as well”, the health department said.

The health department said there is an ongoing investigation to identify the persons who may have encountered the patient while they were infectious.

Development of the disease after exposure is one to two weeks, according to the health department.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has not said where in Mississippi this resident was located.

Though 2,891 cases have been confirmed across the United States as of July 22, none have been reported as fatal.

Transmission of monkeypox can occur with close skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, the health department said.

Transmission can also occur by touching clothing or linens, bedding or towels of an infected person or inhaling the respiratory droplets during prolonged close contact with an infected person, according to MSDH.

Three cases have been reported in Arkansas and 15 have been reported in Tennessee, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monkeypox typically lasts two to four weeks and usually begins with a rash followed by other symptoms, the Mississippi State Department of Health said.

MSDH said that they have received limited doses of the monkeypox vaccine that will be used to treat MSDH-identified individuals exposed to a case of Monkeypox.

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