Health officials confirm second case of monkeypox in Camden County, New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) — Just over a week after Camden County, N.J. officials confirmed the first case of monkeypox, a second person was diagnosed Wednesday.

dr Camden County public health coordinator Paschal Nwako said his office is now doing everything it can to ensure this latest case is contained.

“We are working with that person and trying to establish contacts, close contacts with the person, family and partners to make sure there are no other people who are in close contact with this person,” Nwako said.

Camille Moreno-Gorrin, the Delaware Department of Health’s chief epidemiologist, said monkeypox is something to be aware of but not overly concerned about.

“It’s a rare infection. It causes a rash, primarily it can cause other non-specific symptoms like fever or flu-like illness,” she said.

Since monkeypox first arrived in the United States earlier this year, about 930 cases have been diagnosed, including several cases in the Delaware Valley.

It is spread through close contact with an infected person or through contact with clothing, bedding, or other items used by a person with monkeypox.

The good news is that there is a monkeypox vaccine. Camden County is a regional storage center for the vaccine, but Nwako said it’s not readily available to the public.

“We cannot vaccinate the entire public, only those who have been in close contact with a positive case and have been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health. Those are the ones we can give this vaccine to,” he said.

Monkeypox is related to smallpox and, although very rare, can be fatal.

If you think you may have monkeypox, or think you may have been exposed to an infection, you should contact a doctor immediately.

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