EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A man in his 30s is the community’s third confirmed Monkeypox case and is currently recovering at home according to the City of El Paso Public Health.

The City’s epidemiology team has begun an investigation and contact tracing. The epidemiology team is working to identify those having close contact and will offer the vaccine to those individuals.

“Monkeypox, although a rare disease, is still present in our community and this case reported will not be the last case,” said City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be spread between people or between people and certain animals presenting with a very characteristic rash that may be located on several areas of the body. The rash will go through several stages, including scabs before healing. The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Symptoms of Monkeypox include a distinctive rash, fever, chills, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches and backache, and swollen lymph nodes.

Monkeypox symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure to the virus. Individuals may experience all or only a few symptoms. Monkeypox is spread in various ways:

  • Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact
  • This direct contact can also happen during intimate contact
  • It is possible to get monkeypox from an infected animal

A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2 to 4 weeks.

These simple steps can help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used
  • Wash your hands often

The City’s epidemiology team will investigate every confirmed case, identify those having close contact, and offer the vaccine to those individuals. Residents with Monkeypox symptoms should talk to a healthcare provider to determine the disease and outline the next steps. For more information visit EPHealth.com under the Monkeypox tab.

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