Nearly a dozen new monkeypox cases reported in Davidson County

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 10:33 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Metro Public Health Department’s weekly monkeypox report shows the infection is spreading within Davidson County.

Health department officials said the total number of monkeypox cases in Davidson County has grown by 11 in the past week.

Metro Public Health Department officials confirm a total of 28 presumptive cases of monkeypox have been reported in Nashville/Davidson County in 2022. Seven of those 28 cases have recovered and are no longer in isolation.

“This monkeypox thing, you know, it is an issue, but I’m not concerned about it because I’m still protecting myself,” Nashville resident Lakisha Holt said.

“It didn’t really make me pause going into my normal everyday life but it’s something to be concerned about obviously because a lot of people are being affected by it,” Molly Elkins said.

According to the Metro Health Department, monkeypox spreads by:

  • Direct contact with infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • Saliva/mucus through prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical touch
  • Touching items like clothing that previously touched infectious rash or body fluids

According to the CDC, monkeypox is a rare disease in the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

To this point, the CDC says nobody in the U.S. has died from monkeypox.

The American Society for Microbiology reports the virus had been mostly contained to parts of Africa since the first human case in 1970. The investigation into how it reached the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe before spreading to the U.S. is ongoing.

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