State braces for monkeypox outbreak in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Los Angeles (WAFB) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 1,900 cases of monkeypox reaching nearly every state. In Louisiana — the Department of Health has confirmed 17 cases and health officials expect to see more. The good news is that testing just got easier.

Prior to this week, samples could only be sent to the state laboratory in Baton Rouge, the office of the Public Health Laboratory. “Now it can be sent to a number of normal labs,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter of the Louisiana Department of Health.

Some symptoms are more noticeable than others, says Dr. Vincent Shaw, MD, a Baton Rouge GP.

“The symptoms that most people will have will be a rash or what they call a chickenpox-like rash, which will be small little blisters or blisters plus they will develop some flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and body aches,” said Dr. Vincent Shaw, GP in Baton Rouge. Muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes.

There are only 1,000 doses of the vaccine in the state, and health officials only give it to people at high risk or those who have been exposed.

Although doctors encourage you to be careful, they say this virus is not the next COVID.

“I think everyone is a little bit worried about COVID and tired of COVID, but we just have to make it clear that this is not Ebola, and it is not expected to become a massive, devastating epidemic,” Dr. Joseph Kanter, LDH

Monkeypox is not fatal and usually takes about two weeks to heal. If you think you have the virus, medical professionals advise you to call your doctor and isolate for a few days.

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