By: Follow South Jersey Staff
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The state Department of Health has detected a second probable case of monkeypox in Camden County.
On July 13, a resident had their laboratory test results come back positive for orthopoxvirus and an investigation was initiated by the county Health Department and local public health officials, according to a press release from the county. The individual patient is isolating at home and the case remains under investigation.
“While this is the second case of monkeypox we’ve seen here in Camden County, it’s important to reiterate to residents that this is not a cause for panic,” Paschal Nwako, Camden County health officer and public health coordinator, said in the press release. “Monkeypox is very containable when immediate care has been sought for symptoms. Additionally, a vaccine is available for high-risk contacts of an infected person and patients with monkeypox can also receive an antiviral treatment. We are encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to watch for symptoms.”
Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle ache, chills, and a pimple or blister like rash. Monkeypox is spread from person to person through direct contact with the rash, scabs, or body fluids. It can also spread by face-to-face contact through respiratory droplets, or during close contact such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. According to the U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 929 confirmed cases of monkeypox across the country.
Camden County is a regional storage hub for the monkeypox vaccine. Any regional health departments in South Jersey with cases and close contacts will be able to work with county public health officials for vaccine distribution.
To learn more about monkeypox, residents can visit www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox. Residents can also call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at (856) 374-6370.
- What’s Good? Stay Hungry Stop The Violence Summer League – With Isaiah Showell
- Atlantic City Selected For $5.4M In FEMA Grants For Flood Protection
- South Jersey Residents And Businesses Asked To Conserve Water Due To Drought Conditions
Follow South Jersey provides local journalism which highlights our diverse communities; fosters transparency through robust, localized, and vital reporting that holds leaders and institutions accountable; addresses critical information needs; supports people in navigating civic life; and equips people with the information necessary to partake in effective community engagement. If there is a story or event you think we should cover, please send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org with “NEWS” in the subject line.