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CDC addresses monkeypox cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued infection control guidance for managing people in the health care setting and community who may be infected with the monkeypox virus. In a late June news briefing, a CDC official said the agency was investigating 33 cases of possible human infection with the virus in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois, of which four have been confirmed through laboratory testing.
CDC expects more of the cases will be confirmed as testing continues, since most of the people involved have been in contact with ill prairie dogs and have the expected symptoms, which include fever, cough, headache, myalgia, rash, or lymph node enlargement within three weeks after contact with an infected animal. The CDC said standard, contact, and airborne infection control precautions should be applied in all health care settings. Those include hand hygiene and use of gown and gloves for any contact with the patient or care environment, eye protection if splash or spray of body fluids is likely, and N95 respirators or surgical masks for health care personnel. For more information, see the CDC guidance at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/monkeypox/infectioncontrol.htm.