First likely case of monkey pox in Iowa

CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) — On Friday, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services reported a likely case of monkeypox in the state.

Tests by the State Hygienic Lab in Coralville say the patient, who is from the north-central part of Iowa, was likely infected during international travel.

The patient is reportedly isolated and receiving outpatient care.

The CDC reminds people that monkeypox doesn’t spread easily between people without close contact. Possible ways to contract the virus are:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex.

The risk to the general public is low, but anyone with a rash that looks like monkey pox should talk to their healthcare provider.

More information about the virus and how to mitigate the risk of infection can be found on the monkeypox page on the CDC website.

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