Oregon Health: 1 confirmed case of monkeypox, 5 probable cases

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 12:33 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - As of Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority reported that there was one confirmed case of monkeypox in the state and five more probable cases.

During a Zoom briefing, OHA officials said all six of the instances that were documented in Oregon involved men. Doctors say right now, men who have sex with men including cisgender and transgender women who have sex with men are the most at risk. BuT anyone can contract this disease.

The symptoms of HMPXV include a skin rash, fever, headache, and swollen lymph glands. Kids under the age of 8 and pregnant women are considered to be at high risk of severe disease should they become infected. But HMPXV is deadly in only one to three percent of cases.

The human monkeypox virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, as well as sharing towels, bedding, or clothing with a person who has symptoms. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets. The incubation period is usually 6 to 13 days but can be as long as 21 days.

There is an anti-viral treatment for HMPXV but currently, there are only 25 courses of the treatment available in Oregon. There are also two types of vaccines available. But supply is limited. As of Thursday, Oregon had only 193 vaccine doses available.

On June 16 in Multnomah County, the first case was reported and has since been confirmed. Five additional suspected cases have been found since then, three of which were reported on Wednesday in the counties of Lane and Washington.

State health officials are collaborating with federal partners to obtain more monkeypox vaccine doses. Currently, the state has about 193 doses available.