PITTSBURGH – An employee of the UPMC Children’s Hospital has been diagnosed with monkey pox, UPMC said Friday.
Patients and employees who were in contact with the employee were informed. Infection prevention experts were also contacted.
UPMC said measures were taken to prevent monkeypox transmission before the worker was diagnosed, so they believe there is a low risk of exposure.
“The health and safety of our employees, patients and visitors are our top priorities,” said UPMC.
According to the Allegheny County Health Department, there were a total of 38 cases of monkeypox in the county as of Aug. 13.
Monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency in the United States.
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