South Carolina: Confirmation of a third case of monkeypox

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed two more cases of monkeypox infection in the state. They are the third and fourth cases in the state. The DHEC did not specify where those affected live in the state. (The video above is from last week when the first two cases in the state were announced) Last week DHEC announced the first two cases of monkeypox in the state. These cases were in the Midlands and Lowcountry region. Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness, according to DHEC. The department says the typical illness begins with flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes that progress to a rash on the face and body, but we’re learning that many cases in the current outbreak have the typical onset and the rash may only appear on one part of the body. Most infections last two to four weeks. Monkeypox is a reportable disease in South Carolina as a new infectious agent. Healthcare providers are urged to notify DHEC of any patient they suspect of having monkeypox in order to receive guidance on the recommended evaluation. Monkeypox is not easily transmitted from person to person. According to DHEC, it can be spread through prolonged face-to-face contact, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact, and through contaminated materials (clothes or laundry of an infected person). If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone infected with monkeypox, or if you have a new unusual rash, please seek medical attention from your usual health care provider, go to an urgent care center or call your local health department. Although the risk to the general population remains low, we encourage the public to learn about monkeypox through trusted sources, including the DHEC website and the CDC website.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed two more cases of monkeypox infection in the state.

They are the third and fourth cases in the state.

The DHEC did not specify where those affected live in the state.

(The video above is from last week when the first two cases in the state were announced)

Last week, DHEC announced the first two cases of monkeypox in the state.

These cases were in the Midlands and Lowcountry region.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness, according to DHEC.

The department says the typical illness begins with flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes that progress to a rash on the face and body, but we’re learning that many cases in the current outbreak have the typical onset and the rash may only appear on one part of the body.

Most infections last two to four weeks.

Monkeypox is a reportable disease in South Carolina as a new infectious agent. Healthcare providers are urged to notify DHEC of any patient they suspect of having monkeypox in order to receive guidance on the recommended evaluation.

Monkeypox is not easily transmitted from person to person. According to DHEC, it can be spread through prolonged face-to-face contact, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact, and through contaminated materials (clothes or laundry of an infected person).

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone infected with monkeypox, or if you have a new unusual rash, please seek medical attention from your usual health care provider, go to an urgent care center or call your local health department.

Although the risk to the general population remains low, we encourage the public to learn about monkeypox through trusted sources, including the DHEC website and the CDC website.

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