Employee at UPMC Children's diagnosed with monkeypox

Employee at UPMC Children’s diagnosed with monkeypox

Employee at UPMC Children’s diagnosed with monkeypox

Updated: 4:03 PM EDT Aug 12, 2022

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TORI: KRISTEN, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IS ESSENTIALLY A NATIONAL CONCERN OR RISK TO THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH. TONIGHT, WE SPOKE TO AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIAN, WHO IS WEIGHING IN. A NATIONWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, SOMETHING THAT MAY CAUSE DEJA VU FOR MANY. >> I THINK THAT WITH COVID, I ALREADY HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF PANDEMIC TRAUMA. SO I THINK IT MAKES ME JUST A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS. JUST HEARING ABOUT IT, I’M LIKE, OH, GOSH, ANOTHER THING GOING ON. TORI: ON THURSDAY, THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DECLARED MONKEYPOX AS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, WHICH INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIAN DR. AMESH ADALJA SAYS ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE FASTER WHEN IT COMES TO RESOURCES TO BATTLE THE SPREAD. >> THAT’S THE MAIN VALUE OF IT. THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF GOVERNMENT. IT NEEDS TO WORK VERY FAST. IT NEEDS TO BE OPERATIONAL. SO THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION WILL HOPEFULLY REMOVE A LOT OF THOSE OBSTACLES AND ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT MORE QUICKLY. TORI: RIGHT NOW, ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS 30 CONFIRMED CASES. DR. ADALJA SAYS THE VIRUS IS PART OF THE SMALLPOX VIRAL FAMILY. IT ORIGINATED IN AFRICA AND IS RARELY FATAL. >> WE HAVE SEEN SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS OUTSIDE OF THOSE ENDEMIC COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, IN INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NO CONTACT WITH AFRICA. SO THAT’S WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE OUTBREAK. TORI: HE SAYS RIGHT NOW, MEDICAL EXPERTS ARE NOTICING SIGNIFICANT CASELOADS BEING RECORDED WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, SPECIFICALLY AMONGST MEN. BUT THE VIRUS CAN INFECT ANYONE. RIGHT NOW, EXPERTS SAY MOST CASES ARE COMING FROM SKIN-TO SKIN CONTACT, ESPECIALLY IN INTIMATE SITUATIONS. >> AT SOME POINT, A TRAVELER THAT GOT INFECTED HAPPENED TO BRING IT INTO A SEXUAL SOCIAL NETWORK WHERE THE VIRUS HAS BEEN ABLE TO SPREAD. TORI: AND THOUGH THE VIRUS IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN COVID-19, MANY STILL CAN’T HELP BUT COMPARE THE TWO. >> WHAT I HEARD, I FEEL IT’S LESS RISKY THAN COVID. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. >> I JUST HOPE WE TRY AND BE MORE PROACTIVE ABOUT IT. TORI: AND WE ARE OUTSIDE OF THE METRO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IN SWISSVALE. THIS IS ONE OF THE LOCATIONS WHERE VACCINES ARE PUT OUT. THE COUNTY SAYS NOT EVERYBODY NEEDS THE VACCINE AND NOT EVERYONE IS ELIGIBLE. WE HAVE ELIGIBILITY AND A LIST OF VACCINE SITES ON OUR WEB

Employee at UPMC Children’s diagnosed with monkeypox

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Updated: 4:03 PM EDT Aug 12, 2022

UPMC said Friday that an employee of an outpatient clinic at UPMC Children’s has been diagnosed with monkeypox. The hospital system says they believe there is a “very low” risk of exposure. Video above: What you need to know about monkeypox”Patients and staff who may have been in contact with this employee are being notified, the statement goes on to say. “The health and safety of our employees, patients and visitors are our top priorities.”Monkeypox is contracted when an individual comes in prolonged contact with the sores, scabs, respiratory droplets or oral fluids of an infected person. Most infections have occurred through close, intimate situations, such as cuddling, kissing and sexual contact.Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes.Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency by the Biden administration.

UPMC said Friday that an employee of an outpatient clinic at UPMC Children’s has been diagnosed with monkeypox. The hospital system says they believe there is a “very low” risk of exposure.

Video above: What you need to know about monkeypox

“Patients and staff who may have been in contact with this employee are being notified, the statement goes on to say. “The health and safety of our employees, patients and visitors are our top priorities.”

Monkeypox is contracted when an individual comes in prolonged contact with the sores, scabs, respiratory droplets or oral fluids of an infected person. Most infections have occurred through close, intimate situations, such as cuddling, kissing and sexual contact.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes.

Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency by the Biden administration.

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