State health officials recently confirmed two cases of monkeypox in Weld County.
The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering monkeypox testing for those who are uninsured or do not have a primary care provider, according to a county news report that announced the cases. Affected individuals are asked to self-isolate until all lesions have sloughed off and been replaced by new skin.
There are 59 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the state. The state health department is the lead agency for investigation and contact tracing of monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox may begin with flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. Rashes or skin bumps usually develop within one to three days of the onset of fever and can appear on most parts of the body. Mortality is rare in the current outbreak.
The virus can spread from person to person when a person with monkeypox has close contact with another person, including physical contact with sores, bumps, or lesions on an infected person, including sexual intercourse and exposure to respiratory droplets. Intimate or long term. It is also spread through contact with bed linen or clothing of a person who is sick. Brief interactions without physical contact are unlikely to spread the virus.
The highest risk factors for monkeypox are men who have sex with men, having multiple sex partners, or having unrecognized sex.
Vaccines given within four days of exposure can help prevent illness, and vaccines given within four to 14 days of exposure can help prevent serious illness. Those who meet the risk exposure criteria or have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case may be eligible for the vaccine.