Possible case of monkeypox reported near Georgetown University

Possible case of monkeypox reported near Georgetown University

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Georgetown University officials said they believe there was a case of monkeypox near the campus in northwest Washington.

In a statement, officials said they heard of a “suspected case of monkeypox in a member of the Georgetown community living off-campus” near the main campus.

They said the person is “isolated and doing well.”

Anyone who has been in “recent contact with the individual and identified through contact tracing has been notified and will be monitored by the DC Health Department … or the university public health team,” said the release of Ranit Mishori, Vice President and Chief of Georgetown. public health officer.

As monkeypox cases increase in Europe and other parts of the world, health authorities are expressing concern over the unusual increase. (Video: Alexa Juliana Ard, Meryl Kornfield/The Washington Post)

About 150 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States. The Biden administration said Wednesday it is allowing commercial labs to perform monkeypox testing.

Last week, what was believed to be the first case of monkeypox in the DC area was reported. Health officials said an adult in Maryland had mild symptoms and was in isolation but not hospitalized.

Maryland health officials report possible case of monkeypox in DC area

Monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Georgetown officials said in their statement that it “does not spread easily between people without close contact (for example, direct physical contact with the infectious rash, including intimate contact such as kissing, cuddling or sexual relations).”

Experts say the risk of becoming infected is “very low for those who have had casual, rather than close, contact with an infected person,” according to the Georgetown statement.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include chills, exhaustion, a rash that looks like pimples, fever, and headache. Those who feel ill should seek medical attention.

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