Lancaster County Reports First Case of Monkeypox | Health and fitness

Lancaster County has reported its first case of monkeypox.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department said Tuesday the person was a male in his 30s with a history of travel outside of Nebraska. He is self-isolating at home and the Health Department is investigating potential close contacts and will notify anyone who may have been exposed.

The case is considered a presumptive case at this point, with further testing being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the diagnosis.

The Lancaster County case is at least the fourth case of the disease discovered in Nebraska to date. Douglas County reported the other three cases.

Monkeypox is caused by a virus similar to that which causes smallpox, although it is usually milder. In addition to a rash that produces pimples or blisters, symptoms of the disease may include fever, headache, and body aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue.

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The disease is usually spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, although it can be spread through body fluids.

The Department of Health said the risk to the public was low, but anyone with symptoms should see a health care provider.

The Nebraska cases are part of one of the largest outbreaks of the disease in the United States. As of Monday, the CDC had confirmed more than 1,800 cases in 45 states. Worldwide, nearly 13,000 cases have been diagnosed in the past two months alone.

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