The CDC has confirmed that the suspected case of orthopoxvirus detected in Peach State is the virus.
ATLANTA — Georgia officially has its first case of monkeypox.
Georgia’s Ministry of Public Health said it received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that last week’s orthopoxvirus case was indeed monkeypox.
CDC officials reported the suspected case of the virus last Wednesday. The Atlanta-based federal public health agency has reported a diagnosis of orthopoxvirus in a man in metro Atlanta. Georgia DPH health officials said he was still monitoring his symptoms in isolation as they continued contact tracing. CDC data shows this is the only confirmed case of the virus in Georgia.
It is not known how the man contracted the virus or where.
The executive director of the COVID task force for the Piedmont Health System, Dr Jayne Morgan, said that while she expects more cases of monkeypox to occur, it’s important to remember that there is no It’s not as contagious as other diseases.
“A single case of monkeypox is certainly not enough to cause any kind of panic. From what I understand, this is a single traveler who came to Atlanta from an international trip and was isolated,” she said.
The CDC’s website was updated late Monday showing Georgia with its first case of monkeypox. As of Monday, Georgia now joins 12 other states with the rare disease.
“The R0 number, which is its reproduction number, is still quite low at less than one. That gives you an idea of how contagious and transmissible it is, by comparison. COVID, the omicron variant, is probably at around 10 or 11. Measles can be 11 or higher,” Dr. Morgan said.
As of June 1, according to the World Health Organization, there were 643 confirmed cases worldwide. That number rose to 780 the next day and Monday evening to 1,019.
Currently, smallpox vaccines and antiviral treatments can be used to control outbreaks. The Department of Health and Human Services tells 11alive that it has enough vaccines to handle the current outbreak.
“I don’t believe this will be available to the general public, possibly to healthcare workers who may be exposed if they are treating sick people or people who are in close contact with people who have had exposures. added Dr. Morgan.
Monkeypox was first reported in the United States in Massachusetts last month. The man had recently traveled overseas, health officials said.
Florida is the only other southern state to report cases of the disease so far. Other states, such as Virginia and New York, have also reported cases, according to CDC data.
Symptoms of the disease include a rash. The CDC also lists fever, chills, and fatigue as known symptoms, with people reporting muscle aches and headaches.
According to the WHO, those who contract the virus usually show symptoms for two to four weeks. Global health officials have said severe cases of monkeypox occur in children “and are related to the extent of exposure to the virus, the patient’s medical condition and complications”.
There is currently no treatment to prevent or cure the virus, but some patients are being treated with the smallpox vaccine or antivirals, according to the CDC.
No deaths have been reported in the outbreak beyond Africa.