Montgomery, Alabama (WIATMore) — The Alabama Department of Public Health reports “severe symptoms of monkeypox” in the current outbreak.
As of Wednesday, the state had confirmed 140 monkeypox cases in Alabama.
The virus can be severe, but most cases are mild, and infections are actually on the decline, according to ADPH.
“There is a possibility of a plateau and a decrease. New cases are still being reported, but this is an important fact as the number of new cases appears to be slowing,” said ADPH District Health. Officer in charge Dr. Wes.
Most cases are in the Jefferson and Mobile health districts, Stubblefield said. Dr. Wesley Wilford, the Jefferson County Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said he has given out 1,094 vaccines so far and many appointments are still open.
Jefferson now has the most cases in the state at 68, but things are improving.
“The peak actually looked like it was around August, which is what we’ve seen locally and what we’ve seen nationally with the highest number of cases at any one time. It’s been a gradual and steady decline since then,” says Wilford.
He attributes it to vaccines and behavioral changes. Monkeypox is transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact. Anyone who comes into contact with an infected person’s bed linen or clothing can become infected, but so far it has been found mostly in men who have sex with men.
Symptoms include rash, fever, chills, and other flu-like symptoms.
Dr. Rendy Murfree, Director of Disease Surveillance and Control at the Mobile County Health Department, said the downward trend is positive, but the number of cases is likely underreported.
“It’s a self-limiting condition. We think there are more cases because most people’s rashes are likely to heal on their own. We are concerned that it may contribute to an ongoing infection,” Murfree said.
Murfree recommends that anyone known to be a contact be tested and vaccinated.
Health officials tell you to talk to your doctor or contact your local health department as to whether you need to be vaccinated.
There are also antiviral drugs for people who are already infected.
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