FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2022
State confirms first positive Monkeypox case in Cabarrus County
Kannapolis, N.C. – The North Carolina State Lab for Public Health has confirmed the first case of Monkeypox in a Cabarrus County resident. Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious, viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes and a rash that starts flat then becomes bumpy and fluid-filled before scabbing over and resolving. Illness could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or herpes, or with varicella zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks.
The case was first tested locally and reported to the health department Friday. Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) is working closely with NCDHHS, and the patient is currently isolating and has not been hospitalized. No other patient information will be released.
“We believe that the risk to residents from this initial case is low, but we know it is likely that we will experience more cases,” said Dr. Bonnie Coyle, CHA Health Director. “We are asking that residents be aware and if they have unexplained rash, sores or other symptoms, they see their healthcare provider. If they do not have a health care provider or health insurance, please contact our agency.”
Since May 2022, 20,804 monkeypox cases have been identified outside of countries that have historically reported monkeypox, with 4,906 cases identified in the United States and 46 in North Carolina. Epidemiologic investigation of these cases is ongoing. Information about international cases is available from the World Health Organization and information about U.S. cases is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CHA will provide updates through its website, www.cabarrushealth.org. You can also call the Health Information Line at 704-920-1213 or email email@example.com for information or to be connected for a medical appointment. Follow the CHA on Facebook and Twitter, @CabarrusHealth.
To learn more about Monkeypox visit: https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/monkeypoxFAQs.html