CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – The Wyoming Department of Health says while the risk is low, it wants the public to stay informed about the latest virus outbreak, Monkeypox.
There are currently cases in neighboring states, 5 in Colorado and 2 in Utah.
Experts say nationally there are just over 142 cases and growing now.
Symptoms are fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash. There are no vaccines available to the public, only to high-risk workers.
The population segment with the highly infectious rate is currently gay men, and most cases are in parts of Europe and Africa.
The World Health Organization says the virus is transmitted primarily through skin-to-skin contact, but can also be transmitted through bodily fluids and respiratory droplets. Mortality rates are between 3 and 6%.
The virus has also passed from rodents, particularly prairie dogs, to animals and humans.
“We’re in a sort of surveillance phase monitoring cases, watching the current outbreak to see how it develops or if we can contain it here fast enough and trying to be proactive in letting the public know what’s going on.” , said Clay Van Houten. , Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Unit Leader – Wyoming Department of Health.
Experts say monkeypox and smallpox are related.
A stockpile of smallpox vaccines was built up during 9/11 as protection against biological warfare.
According to the Wyoming Department of Health, there are 2,500 rising global cases of monkeypox in 42 countries since the start of this year.
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