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CDC addressing monkey pox cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued infection control guidance for managing people in the health care setting and in the community who may be infected with the monkey pox virus. In a late June news briefing, a CDC official said the agency was investigating 33 cases of possible human infection with the virus in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois. Four of these cases have been confirmed as monkey pox virus infection through laboratory testing.
The CDC expects more of the cases will be confirmed as testing continues, because most of the people involved have been in contact with ill prairie dogs and have the expected symptoms, which include fever, cough, headache, myalgia, rash, or lymph node enlargement within three weeks after contact with an infected animal. The CDC says standard, contact, and airborne infection control precautions should be applied in all health care settings. These include hand hygiene and use of gown and gloves for any contact with the patient or care environment, eye protection if splash or spray of body fluids is likely, and N95 respirators or surgical masks for health care personnel.
For more information, see the CDC guidance web page at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/monkeypox/infectioncontrol.htm.