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Monkeypox: Texas child tests presumptive positive in rare case

Judge Lina Hidalgo mentioned all instances are presumptive till they’re confirmed. So far, all instances have grow to be confirmed positive.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A young child has tested ‘presumptive’ positive for monkeypox in Harris County, in response to Judge Lina Hidalgo.

The presumptive consequence was confirmed on Monday, however might want to get full affirmation from the CDC earlier than it turns into a confirmed case.

“So far we have not yet had a presumptive positive not be a confirmed monkeypox case,” Hidalgo said. “At some level that may occur, however that half hasn’t occurred.

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Hidalgo mentioned they’ll assume it is a confirmed case and may obtain affirmation inside every week. Health departments have began conducting contact tracing with the case.

The child is anticipated to have a full recovery and doing very nicely, in response to Hidalgo. The choose mentioned the child is beneath the age of two and has been in contact with the household, who’re absolutely cooperating.

Hidalgo says contact tracing is underway to search out out the place the child received the virus. So far, nobody in the internal household appears to be contaminated.

“That is somewhat surprising,” mentioned Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. “You would usually expect the transmission to occur through fairly intimate contact. You know, cuddling, hugging, skin to skin.”

Monkeypox can unfold nose to nose by way of droplets and on materials like blankets and towels, though Dr. Hotez says that type of transmission is rare, as are instances in kids in the US.

“As the cases go up, we should expect to see more cases happening outside the highest at-risk population,” Dr. Hotez mentioned.

Vaccines are provided to these thought of at excessive threat of contracting monkeypox. In Harris County vaccine distribution has expanded to incorporate these with HIV and chlamydia. Children are additionally capable of obtain a vaccine in the event that they’ve been uncovered.

Health officers say mother and father ought to be being attentive to any rashes and in contact with their pediatricians if there’s any concern.

As far as monkeypox being widespread amongst youngsters, Hotez believes it’s unlikely at this level as a result of the unfold is generally intimate in nature.

“Generally speaking, we should not expect to see a lot of monkeypox cases, I don’t think, in schools or in preschools or in daycare.”

The child has not been in any daycare or college settings, and is totally asymptomatic outdoors of a light rash, Hidalgo mentioned.

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Anyone in contact with the child has been provided the monkeypox vaccine.

“I don’t need mother and father to assume this virus is operating rampant in our faculties proper now as a result of that’s not the case proper now. Now, we would get there if we’re not capable of include this by way of vaccines,” Hidalgo mentioned.

The case is considered one of solely a handful of instances in kids nationwide and the primary in the state of Texas.

“Anyone can get this virus, so this isn’t entirely unexpected,” Hidalgo mentioned. “This is a rare case…as best we know, the seventh case in the country in a child.”

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