US military service member in Germany is military’s first case of monkeypox

US military service member in Germany is military’s first case of monkeypox

ERA:IK NOW TO 5 ON YOUR HEALTH, THE NUMBER OF MONKEYX POCASES IN THE U.S. HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE PAST WEEK TO 21 PATIENTS. HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IS DR. SIMONE WILDES, AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AT SOUTH SHORE HEALTH. THANKS FOR BEING WITH US. .DR WILDES: THANK YOU. SHAY:NA THE CDC RELEASED WNE DETAILS TODAY ABOUT THE CURRENT OUTBREAK. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABO TUT PATIENTS? DR. WILS:DE THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. REALLY GREAT QUESTION. IT IS IMPORTANT THATE W AS PUBLIC HEALTH AND CLINICIANS LEARN ALL WE CAN ABOUT MONKEYPOX SO WE CAN IBENFORMED. THE CLASSIC PATIENT OR THE TEXTOKBO PATIENT USUALLY PRESENTS WHIT FEVERS, THEY HAVE HEADACHES, BODY ACHES, AND THEN THEY HAVE SWOLLEN LYH NODES AND THEN A FEW DAYS LATER, THEY GET A RASH, WHICH USUALLY STASRT ON THEIR FACE AND THEN SPREADS TO THE REST OF THE BODY. WHAT THE CDCAS H FOUND IN THE 21 CASES, THEY HAVE A TYPICAL PRESENTATION, MEANING THEY DON’T HAVE THE CLASSIC RASH THAT STARTS ON THE FACE, IT IS USUALLY RASH IN THE GENERAL AREA OR THAT A NO AREA — GENITAL AREAR O ALNA AREA, AND ALSO, PATIENTS MAY NOT HAVE FEVERS OR SYMPTOMS. WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE TEXTBOOK CASE DAN THAT A TYPICAL PRESENTATION SO WE CAN IDENTIFY THE PATIENTS QUICKLY. ERIKA: AS YOU KNOW, THE FIRST CASE IN THIS OUTBREAK WAS IDENTIFIED ON MAY 17 IN MASSACHUSES.TT IF YOU LOOK AT THIS MAP,EA HLTH OFFICIALS HAVE NOW CONFIRMED CASES IN 10 OTHER STATES. ARE YOU CONCERNED THIS VIRUS MAY BE SPREADING WITHIN COMMUNITS?IE DR. WILDES: YES. THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF CASES WE HAVE SEEN ACROSS THE COTRUNY. WH IAT WILL SAY IS THAT THE CDC HAS IMPLEMENTED CERTAIN INITIATIVES THAT WILL HELP US TO TRKAC, MANAGE, AND MONITOR THESE CASES, SO THE A GREAT GUIDE TO HELP US GOING FORWARD. SHAY:NA THE CDC NOW SAYS, HE MADE FOUR TRIPS TO OUTPATITEN CLINICS TO GET A DIAGNOSIS FOR HIS RASH, BUT NO ONE CONSIDERED MONKEYPOX UNTIL HE WAS HOSPITALIZ. IS THAT PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THESE UNUSUAL VIRUSES? THEY SPREAD UNDETECTED BECAUSE NO ONE IS LOOKING FOTH?R DR. WILDES: YEAH, ABSOLUTY.EL THATS I THE CASE. WHAT WE DO FIND IS THAT MONKEYPOX CAN PRESTEN SIMILAR TO OTHER INFECTIONS AND, HENCE, THAT WILL CONFUSE CONDITIONS AND PATIENTS ALIKE. IHI TNK IT IS REALLY IMPORNTTA THAT WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT MONKEYPOX, DISSEMINATING AS MUCH INFORMATION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO THAT THEY CAN BE AWARE AND CLINICIANS ARE NOW ON HEIGHTEDEN AWARESSNE ABOUT MONKEYPOX SO WHEN PATIENTS COME IN, WE ARE TUNED IN AND BETRTE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PATIENTS QUICKLY. ERIKA: DR. SIMEON WILDES, THANK YOU. AND TO OUR VIEWERS, IF YOU HAVE COVID RELATED QUESTIONS THAT YOU’D LIKE OUR EXPERTS TO AN

An active-duty member of the U.S. military based in Stuttgart, Germany has been identified as having the military’s first known case of monkeypox, a U.S. European Command spokesperson told CNN in a statement.Related video above: Infectious disease expert explains latest report about U.S. monkeypox infectionsThe service member “recently tested positive for monkeypox,” Captain William Speaks, USN, said in a statement.”The individual was seen and treated at the Stuttgart Army Health clinic and is currently in isolation recovering in their quarters off-base,” Speaks said.He continued: “Public health officials have determined that the risk to the overall population is very low. As a precautionary measure, contact tracing is being done for clinic staff who interacted with the patient. The case in Stuttgart is of the West African strain, which is generally mild and human-to-human transmission is limited.”The U.S. military is complying with all applicable host nation laws and regulations, the spokesperson said.Military infectious disease experts had been watching for monkeypox cases for some time, officials say the Pentagon recently asked the Army’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases what testing capabilities are available should there be a large outbreak.

An active-duty member of the U.S. military based in Stuttgart, Germany has been identified as having the military’s first known case of monkeypox, a U.S. European Command spokesperson told CNN in a statement.

Related video above: Infectious disease expert explains latest report about U.S. monkeypox infections

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The service member “recently tested positive for monkeypox,” Captain William Speaks, USN, said in a statement.

“The individual was seen and treated at the Stuttgart Army Health clinic and is currently in isolation recovering in their quarters off-base,” Speaks said.

He continued: “Public health officials have determined that the risk to the overall population is very low. As a precautionary measure, contact tracing is being done for clinic staff who interacted with the patient. The case in Stuttgart is of the West African strain, which is generally mild and human-to-human transmission is limited.”

The U.S. military is complying with all applicable host nation laws and regulations, the spokesperson said.

Military infectious disease experts had been watching for monkeypox cases for some time, officials say the Pentagon recently asked the Army’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases what testing capabilities are available should there be a large outbreak.

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