2 suspected cases of monkeypox detected in Utah
Two adults in a Salt Lake County, Utah household are suspected to have monkeypox based on early testing, health officials said on Monday.
The Salt Lake County Health Department expects confirmatory test results from the CDC on Tuesday.
The two became symptomatic after traveling earlier this month to "an area currently experiencing monkeypox cases," officials said.
"Both individuals are in isolation and do not present a risk to the public. They are experiencing mild illness and are expected to recover fully."
The health department is contacting close contacts who may have had exposure to the infected individuals.
The virus is spread human-to-human typically through contact with body fluids, including monkeypox lesions, SLCHD said, and can also occur through prolonged, close face-to-face contact.
Symptoms typically show within seven to 14 days, but can range from five to 21 days. The rare illness is usually found in Africa, but has been recently found in Europe and North America.
Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion and swollen lymph nodes, as well as a rash on the face that spreads to the rest of the body.