SC monitoring of possible effects of monkeypox


QUEEN CITY NEWS – Several people who have been in contact with a man who tested positive for monkeypox are under control, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday.

The DHEC said people would be monitored until May 25, and that health officials would follow CDC guidelines on possible symptoms, including fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. The contacts have no symptoms yet, DHEC said.

It is unclear whether the flight passed through South Carolina, and QCN is working to find out more.

So far there have been no confirmed cases of monkey infestation in South Carolina.


Monkeypox is a virus that originates in wild animals such as rodents and primates, and sometimes jumps to humans. It belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox.

Most human cases were in central and West Africa, and outbreaks were relatively limited.

The disease was first identified by scientists in 1958, when there were two outbreaks of “smallpox” disease in research monkeys – hence the name monkeypox. The first known human infection occurred in 1970 in a young boy in a remote part of the Congo.


Most monkeypox patients experience only fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. People with more serious illnesses can develop rashes and lesions on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body.

Most people recover within about two to four weeks without the need for hospitalization, monkeypox can be fatal in up to 6% of cases and is considered more severe in children.

Smallpox vaccines are effective against monkeypox, and antiviral drugs are being developed.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has recommended isolating all suspected cases and offering high-risk vaccines to people at high risk. The UK offers high-risk smallpox vaccine and recommends that anyone who may be infected be isolated until they are cured.

The U.S. has 1,000 doses of the vaccine approved for the prevention of monkeypox and smallpox, as well as more than 100 million doses of the older generation vaccine in state reserves, officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

SC monitoring of possible effects of monkeypox

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