The Polk County Health Department on Monday confirmed the first monkey disease in Polk County.
According to the authorities, the patient may have contracted the disease during a trip to the United States and is being isolated, inpatient care and contacting health workers.
“The general population is at risk of contracting monkey disease,” said Helen Eddie, director of the Polk County Health Department. “But it is important to make the public aware of the transmission, prevention and treatment when it is appropriate.”
County officials say monkey pox is a viral infection that can be transmitted from skin to skin contact, body fluids, monkey pox or common items (such as clothes and bedding) to a person infected with fluids or monkeys. The virus can be transmitted through prolonged, face-to-face contact, or contact with the respiratory tract during kissing, hugging, or sexual intercourse. Although monkey disease is not generally a sexually transmitted infection, it can be transmitted through sexual contact and skin-to-skin contact and other close contact, regardless of gender and sexual orientation.
People with monkeypox sometimes develop a fever, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes. In other cases, people may have swollen or unexplained rash on the genitals and / or anus. County officials say people usually get monkeypox for 7 to 14 days (and up to 21 days).
“The occurrence of monkey pox in the United States serves as a reminder to get up-to-date information on routine STI tests based on your sexual behavior, partners and symptoms,” Eddie said. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides advice on healthy sexual practices.”