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5th probable monkeypox case reported in Clark County

U.K. Health Security Agency

UPDATE (July 8): A fifth case of probable monkeypox was reported in Clark County, the health district said on Friday.

The patient is a man in his 40s with a history of travel. He is isolating at home, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Moving forward, the health district has set up a website to track cases.

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UPDATE (July 6): The Southern Nevada Health District reported two additional probable monkeypox cases on Wednesday. 

The additional cases are a man in his 50s and another man in his 30s, one of which is recovering at home and the other is hospitalized. 

The total cases in Clark County is four, with the second case identified on June 30 in a man in his 30s. None of the four cases are associated with each other, SNHD said. 

As of July 6, the U.S. is reporting 560 cases. 

ORIGINAL REPORT (June 15): The Southern Nevada Health District on Wednesday reported a presumptive positive case of monkeypox in a Clark County resident with recent domestic travel history.

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The health district is working with the CDC to confirm the case.

The person is a man in his 20s who is isolating at home. The health district is conducting contact tracing and no additional cases have been identified as of yet.

The Southern Nevada Health District said monkeypox spreads person to person through close physical contact with infectious monkeypox sores, bodily fuids and objects or fabrics used by someone with monkeypox, as well as sexual contact and long face-to-face contact.

The rare disease presents with fever, headache, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes followed by a rash. The incubation period is seven to 14 days, but can range five to 21 days. The rash typically begins on the face and spreads elsewhere, including genitalia, and the illness lasts up to four weeks.

Overall risk of monkeypox in the U.S. is low, SNHD said.

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Recommendations for those who may have had contact with monkeypox virus are available on the CDC’s Exposure Risk Assessment and Public Health Recommendations page.

Kristen DeSilva (she/her) is the audience engagement specialist for Nevada Public Radio. She curates and creates content for, our weekly newsletter and social media for Nevada Public Radio and Desert Companion.