The Louisiana Department of Health has just announced what would appear as the inevitable.

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Monkeypox has officially entered the Bayou State as health officials have just confirmed.

According to the LDOH the first positive case of monkeypox was discovered in an individual from LDH Region 1 (Orleans, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Bernard). In addition, an out-of-state resident visiting Louisiana also tested positive for monkeypox. No further information will be shared about these cases to protect the patients’ privacy.

Since May 2022, 605 monkeypox cases have been identified in 36 states. If there is good news about this new disease, to date no deaths in the United States have been linked to it.

Exactly What Is Monkeypox?

In a release from the Louisiana Department of Health we learn a little about this new form of virus.

Monkeypox is a potentially serious viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before scabbing over. Illness could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or herpes, or with chickenpox. Most infections last two to four weeks.

How Is Monkeypox Spread?

Health officials contend that monkeypox spreads in a number of different ways, but most often through direct contact with a rash or sores of someone who has the virus.
However, the viral illness can also spread through contact with clothing, bedding and other items used by a person with monkeypox, or from respiratory droplets that can be passed through prolonged face-to-face contact, including kissing, cuddling or sex.
It is even possible to contract monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.
To get more information, including tips for what to do if you believe you might be infected, go HERE to the Centers For Disease Control website.

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