Connecticut has 11 monkeypox cases, health department says

Nearly a dozen residents across the state have been diagnosed with monkeypox, the state Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

The 11 patients are between the ages of 20 and 50 and live in Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford counties, the agency said.

Most of the patients were not hospitalized, added the DPH.

According to Wednesday’s data, there are more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox nationwide, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Most of the cases are in California with 161 cases, New York with 159 cases and Illinois with 152 cases. The rest of the states have fewer than 100 cases each, according to CDC data.

Connecticut announced its first case earlier this month on July 5.

DPH Commissioner Dr Manisha Juthani said monkeypox is spread through close and prolonged contact with an infected person.

“This may include contact with broken skin or bodily fluids, sharing clothing or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact” , Juthani said in a statement Thursday.

The rare disease can cause fevers, headaches, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion in infected people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monkeypox can also cause a rash that looks like pimples or blisters. The rash can appear on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body like the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus, the CDC said.

Patients are usually sick for about two to four weeks, the CDC added.

“Residents who are concerned about fever, swollen glands and a new rash should contact their health care provider,” Juthani said.

Commercial labs, including LabCorp, Mayo Clinic and Quest Diagnostics, are able to test residents for monkeypox. Health care providers can also order tests from these labs.

Tests are also available through the National Public Health Laboratory Monday through Friday.

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