Monkeypox Case Confirmed at High School in Killeen, Texas
The first case in Texas was reported a few months ago. Now the Bell County Health District has confirmed a case of monkeypox virus at Killeen High School.
KWTX is reporting that parents with students enrolled at Killeen High School were notified on Wednesday, October 19th that a case of monkeypox was confirmed on campus, but that the person in question had not been on campus since the beginning of the month. The Bell County Health District "does not believe this case is widespread.”
School officials also stated in the notification that individuals "deemed as close contacts" had already been contacted by district and campus nursing staff. The letter instructed parents with questions to contact Bell County Health District Chief Epidemiologist Costa Claver.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. It occurs mostly in central and western Africa, and comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox, although it is much less severe. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
Experts say chances of widespread infection are low, according to the World Health Organization.
Signs and Symptoms of Monkeypox
Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and exhaustion. After fever starts, a rash appears on the face, then spreads to other parts of the body, lasting for 2−4 weeks, according to the CDC. If you are traveling, the CDC has issued the following recommendations:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Try to keep from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid contact with animals