First Case of Monkeypox Reported in Nebraska

27 Jun 2022, 3 p.m. ·

Dr. Lindsay Huse - Monkeypox
Douglas County Health Dept Director Dr. Lindsay Huse and other health officials brief reporters on the first known case of monkeypox in Nebraska (Photo courtesy KMTV)

The first case of monkeypox in Nebraska has been reported by state and Douglas County Health officials. The individual involved is a Douglas County man in his 30s who recently traveled internationally. He currently is in isolation. Health officials are conducting contact tracing to see who else might have been exposed.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, health officials said the man was diagnosed on Saturday and then contact tracing began.

Justin Frederick, Supervisor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the Douglas County Health Department, said people should be vigilant, but should not be overly concerned.

"I think it is really important to remember that monkeypox is not easily transmissible," he said. "You have to have prolonged contact with somebody who is infected. It's typically skin-to-skin contact. So keep in mind - not easily spread through the community."

That said, Frederick also told reporters we can expect more cases to show up.

There are several symptoms from monkeypox, but the most common is a blister-like rash that can show up on any part of a person’s body. Most people recover within two to four weeks.

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