First possible monkeypox case reported in Lancaster County
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reported on Tuesday that they have their first presumed case of monkeypox in Lancaster County.
Officials said that a confirmatory test is currently being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It was reported that a person is a man in his 30s who has recent travel history outside of Nebraska. He is isolating at home.
The Health Department said they are currently investigating potential close contacts and will notify those who may have been exposed.
Monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus and is primarily spread through close, skin to skin contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash. LLCHD has shared information and guidance with local health care providers about rapid detection, testing and treatment options for monkeypox.
Although the risk to the public is considered low at this time, it’s important to be aware that this virus has been identified in our area. The Health Department recommends that anyone who has an unexplained rash or other monkeypox symptoms contact their healthcare provider to be evaluated.
Symptoms - A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus. The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. This process can take several weeks. Find pictures of monkeypox rash at https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/symptoms.html.