The first official case of Monkeypox has just been discovered in Mecklenburg County, according to NCDHHS.
The department noted that they’re working closely with the CDC and the patient’s healthcare providers to identify and reach out to individuals who may have been in contact with them while infectious.
“It is very important to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and to be vigilant. Individuals with concerning rashes should contact their healthcare provider,” said Meckleburg County Public Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington.
Monkeypox infections normally occur through contact with the skin lesions or bodily fluids of infected animals or humans – including respiratory droplets – or through contact with materials that have been contaminated with the virus.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, chills, rash and aches, before worsening lesions develop.