EL PASO, Texas — Health experts discuss what the first confirmed case of Monkey Pox means for El Paso.
“We knew this would eventually happen, just like with SARS-COVID 2, it happened in many places across the country and eventually reached El Paso,” Ogechika Alozie EO told Sunset West Health.
Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. It looks like a rash with blisters, it can be painful or itchy. Monkeypox symptoms include rashes, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion.
Now that it has made its way to El Paso, health experts say the general public shouldn’t worry.
“It’s not airborne, it’s close physical contact so far 98-99% of people who’ve had it are male // majority of El Paso residents not at risk” , said Alozie.
Still, some El Paso residents were worried.
“I think that’s pretty crazy, I mean we’re not even really out of the woods with Covid, but we’re still getting cases with that and now we have Monkeypox coming in, so it’s honestly a bit scary “said El Pasoan Scott Turner.
Dr Alozie says that on average a person with Monkeypox can be contagious for up to 21 days. The lesions and bumps can last for another 3 weeks. As long as these are present, a person is contagious. He offers this advice if you catch Monkeypox.
“If you are sick, get out of traffic if you have any injuries, get out of traffic, go see your doctor and try to figure out what it is and if you are in contact with someone who can have lesions, you better avoid them for a while,” Alozie said.
“I feel like we just got through one and now we’re going through another one so it’s a bit overwhelming but I mean all we can do is keep moving forward and trust”, Selena Abdalla.
Alozie added that Monkeypox, unlike COVID, spreads through closer social networks with close physical contact averaging 3 hours.
According to a press release:
“Public health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 50s is the first confirmed case of Monkeypox in the community. She is currently recovering at home and the city epidemiology team has begun an investigation and the contact tracing.”
An epidemiology team is working to identify close contacts to offer them vaccines.
El Paso received 200 doses of the Monkeypox vaccine earlier this month.
“Monkey pox continues to be a global threat and for this reason, we urge everyone to continue to take safety precautions to protect themselves and their families, especially our most vulnerable loved ones, at the safe from all diseases, be it COVID, monkey pox or the flu. said Dr. Hector Ocaranza of the City-County Health Authority.
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