Monkeypox cases on the rise

Raquel Upson, Correspondent

What’s new: This rare, contagious disease continues to spread throughout Georgia.

  • Current trends nationally and at a state level show a continued gradual increase in cases,” said Katie Hadden, public information officer for the Southeast Health District.
  • “As people at higher risk for monkeypox infection receive the monkeypox vaccine and practice mitigation strategies, there is the potential for the frequency of cases to decrease,” said Hadden.
  • Direct skin-to-skin contact, including sexual and/or close intimate contact, has been identified as a predominant type of exposure for people with monkeypox in the United States.
  • Hadden said that at this time, the Southeast Health District will not be reporting case numbers at a district or county level.

What’s next: Everyone can take steps to protect themselves against the disease such as:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have close personal contact with someone with monkeypox.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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