Monkeypox in Florida: First pediatric case confirmed

Monkeypox in Florida: First pediatric case confirmed

Florida’s first case of pediatric monkeypox has been confirmed in Martin County.WPBF reports a child in Martin County has tested positive for monkeypox.According to the Florida Department of Health’s Reportable Disease Frequency Report, the child’s age is between 0 to 4 years old.Related: Monkeypox infections in children can be more ‘severe,’ Florida doctor saysThere are at least six other pediatric cases of monkeypox in the U.S, including in California, Indiana, Maine, and Washington, D.C.The number of monkeypox cases in Florida continues to rise. And while the health department says the threat to the general population remains low, some local doctors say the lack of testing and vaccines is making the outbreak worse.”This exponential growth is continuing and it’s going to continue as long as we have a shortage of testing supplies and vaccination,” said Dr. Aftab Khan, a local internal medicine specialist.Khan says testing supplies for monkeypox are so limited that they’re being rationed.The health department says those who want a shot should continue to check the department’s website for new availability.The Center in Orlando said they will be offering vaccines by appointment only at their location at 1200 Hillcrest St. Suite 102 this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.While cases in young children make up a very small percentage of the overall cases, doctors and pediatricians say parents should still take caution.”It can be a lot more severe in children. They can end up with more severe infections. They can end up with pneumonia. They can end up with encephalitis. Also, it can be transmitted from moms to their fetus,” said pediatrician Dr. Matthew Seibel.Doctors say the most common way a child could contract the disease is if someone else in their household tests positive.The best way to protect them? Avoid exposure.”If you don’t need to hug someone who is sick, don’t,” Seibel said.

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. —

Florida’s first case of pediatric monkeypox has been confirmed in Martin County.

WPBF reports a child in Martin County has tested positive for monkeypox.

According to the Florida Department of Health’s Reportable Disease Frequency Report, the child’s age is between 0 to 4 years old.

Related: Monkeypox infections in children can be more ‘severe,’ Florida doctor says

There are at least six other pediatric cases of monkeypox in the U.S, including in California, Indiana, Maine, and Washington, D.C.

The number of monkeypox cases in Florida continues to rise. And while the health department says the threat to the general population remains low, some local doctors say the lack of testing and vaccines is making the outbreak worse.

“This exponential growth is continuing and it’s going to continue as long as we have a shortage of testing supplies and vaccination,” said Dr. Aftab Khan, a local internal medicine specialist.

Khan says testing supplies for monkeypox are so limited that they’re being rationed.

The health department says those who want a shot should continue to check the department’s website for new availability.

The Center in Orlando said they will be offering vaccines by appointment only at their location at 1200 Hillcrest St. Suite 102 this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While cases in young children make up a very small percentage of the overall cases, doctors and pediatricians say parents should still take caution.

“It can be a lot more severe in children. They can end up with more severe infections. They can end up with pneumonia. They can end up with encephalitis. Also, it can be transmitted from moms to their fetus,” said pediatrician Dr. Matthew Seibel.

Doctors say the most common way a child could contract the disease is if someone else in their household tests positive.

The best way to protect them? Avoid exposure.

“If you don’t need to hug someone who is sick, don’t,” Seibel said.

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