MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 06: A reactive to test suspected monkeypox samples is seen inside a fridge at the microbiology laboratory of La Paz Hospital on June 06, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Europe is at the centre of the monkeypox virus outbreak, the World Health Organisation reported 780 confirmed cases with Britain, Spain and Portugal reporting the largest numbers of patients. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

You knew it would happen in time, Monkey Pox is getting closer to where we live here in Florida. Well, this time Pinellas health officials say they have first confirmed Monkey Pox case. We’re up to 22 cases in Florida.
News Channel 8 writes “According to FDOH, “Monkey Pox typically begins with flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, headache, tiredness, muscle ache)] and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body“

  • 1. Other Cases In Florida

    Cases also reported in Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach and Seminole counties.

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  • 2. How It Starts

    Florida Department Of Health says  Monkey pox most often begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by lymph node swelling, and then a rash on face and or body.

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  • 3. Timetable

    Transmission usually happens after human-to-human contact, and shows within 14 days. In most cases Monkey Pox illness will usually last 2 to 4 weeks.”

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  • 4. Prevention

    There is a vaccine available in some areas. The Department Of Health encourages a person to get vaccinated within 2 weeks of possible exposure.

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  • 5. Will I Get It?

    Health department says risk is actually low. Human to human contact, and prolonged face to face contact increases transmission. Also direct contact with rash, or contact with contaminated clothing. Anyone with job related risk may want to get the vaccine in advance.

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