LOCAL NEWS

Salt Lake Co. Health Dept. announces two ‘probable’ monkeypox cases

May 23, 2022, 9:31 AM | Updated: 8:05 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — According to the Salt Lake County Health Department, two Salt Lake County adults from the same household are considered probable monkeypox cases based on preliminary testing.

Health officials said the two infected individuals became symptomatic after they traveled internationally to an area experiencing monkeypox cases earlier this month.

The state expects to receive confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

“Utah’s public health system has not identified any exposure risk to the public due to these probable cases,” officials said. “Exposure concern is limited to specifically identified people who had direct, close contact with the infected individuals during their infectious period. SLCoHD and the Utah Department of Health and Human Services are contacting those specifically identified close contacts; we expect to have reached all contacts by the end of the day (Monday).”

The two individuals were experiencing mild illness and were in isolation. Public health officials say they are unable to share additional information about the individuals due to medical privacy laws, but both are expected to fully recover.

“What’s unique about the outbreak is that it’s the first time monkeypox has spread outside of Africa,” Dunn said.

Monkeypox is a rare illness usually found in Central and West Africa, though health officials have recently identified several cases in Europe and North America.

The virus, a close relative of smallpox, is not known to spread easily among humans and transmission generally does not occur through casual contact.

Health officials say human-to-human transmission occurs primarily through direct contact with body fluids, including monkeypox lesions. Transmission might also occur through prolonged, close face-to-face contact. The time from someone becoming infected to showing symptoms of monkeypox is usually seven to 14 days but can range from five to 21 days. Infected people are not contagious before they show symptoms.

“The general public has no reason to worry,” Dunn said. “It’s just those who have traveled or have come into contact with people with rashes that should be on the lookout for symptoms. Symptoms are fairly obvious given the rash and you’re not infectious prior to symptoms so it’s easier to contain than say COVID.”

“In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion and swollen lymph nodes. Infected people develop a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body, that turns into fluid-filled bumps (“pox”). These pox lesions eventually scab over and fall off. The illness typically lasts 2−4 weeks,” health officials said.

Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox, though the limited evidence available indicates that smallpox treatments may be useful. Most people recover with no treatment.

According to the Associated Press, a leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries as “a random event” that might be explained by sexual behavior at two recent raves in Europe.

Health officials say most of the known cases in Europe have been among men who have sex with men, but scientists say it will be difficult to disentangle whether the spread is being driven by sex itself or merely close contact. Anyone can be infected through close contact with a sick person — or their clothing or bedsheets.

Expert says monkeypox likely spread by sex at raves in Europe

 

“We’ve also noticed that it is spreading particularly among the gay — or men who have sex with men, MSM — community,” Dunn said, “and so those communities in particular should be aware of coming into contact with other people who have rashes and being on the lookout for those symptoms themselves.”

The CDC is also tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox that have been reported in early- to mid-May in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including in Europe and North America.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Shara Park

All students contacted following shooting incident in Taylorsville High parking lot

Police said they have identified and made contact with the six teens involved in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of Taylorsville High School Thursday.
20 hours ago
Officers respond to Taylorsville High School on Jan. 26, 2023, after shots were fired in the parkin...
Erin Cox

Utah lawmakers pushing for greater school safety measures

Utah lawmakers are pushing for change in order to protect our students in schools.
20 hours ago
“Happy Bunny” math game...
Ashley Moser

Fun resources help early learners with math and reading

We all know reading with our children is important, but experts now say math scores are actually better predictors of reading literacy.
20 hours ago
UDOT Davis Co. detours...
Katija Stjepovic, Cary J. Schwanitz

Northern Utah construction projects could slow weekend plans

The Utah Department of Transportation will close the southbound lanes of Legacy Parkway between Park Lane in Farmington and Parrish Lane in Centerville for the second straight weekend.
20 hours ago
"Rainbow fentanyl" allegedly seized during an arrest of 51-year-old Jesse Wood, of Taylorsville, Ut...
Madison Swenson

Utah man arrested, charged with possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute

A 51-year-old man from Taylorsville, Utah, is behind bars on suspicion of possessing illicit drugs, specifically fentanyl, with the intent to distribute.
20 hours ago
Tooele sunrise...
Carter Williams, ksl.com

Snow advisories could bring up to 14 inches of snow Friday night

The snow is back, yet again. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Wasatch Mountains, where 6 to 14 inches or more of snow is forecast between Friday and Saturday. It remains in effect through late Saturday afternoon.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Salt Lake Co. Health Dept. announces two ‘probable’ monkeypox cases