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‘We have a lot of patients who have been exposed’: State health department to update monkeypox case count

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The Texas Department of State Health Services will update the number of monkeypox cases in the state. Last week’s count had 556 confirmed cases statewide with 206 in the Public Health Region 6/5, which includes Harris County.

Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows there are 702 cases in Texas.

The disease can cause a serious skin rash that looks like pimples or blisters and there are often earlier flu-like illnesses. Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close direct contact often skin-to-skin.

Last week, President Joe Biden declared monkeypox a national health emergency. The government’s public health emergency website states the declaration could allow access to emergency funds, allow health agencies to gather more data and cases and vaccinations, plus speed up vaccine distributions.

Monkeypox vaccinations are available to individuals who have been directly exposed to monkeypox and/or are at a high risk of contracting the monkeypox virus.

Dr. Foye Ikyaator, the Medical Director of Life Saves ER, said they’re seeing close contact patients daily.

“We’re seeing about one or two cases presenting half of those are being positive, so we have a lot of patients who have been exposed that want to know what we’re seeing a lot of concern for exposure,” Dr. Ikyaator said.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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