First Texas baby believed to have monkeypox in Harris County

HOUSTON (KXAN) — A toddler beneath the age of two is believed to be the first pediatric case of monkeypox in Texasin keeping with the Harris County decide.

in a Tuesday morning press convention, Decide Lina Hidalgo shared that Harris County has discovered {that a} younger baby is now presumed constructive for the virus. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention should now affirm if the newborn actually does have monkeypox, which Hidalgo expects will take a few week for her to have check outcomes.

“The boy is at present anticipated to make a full restoration and is doing very nicely,” Hidalgo mentioned. “This baby is lower than two years outdated. We’re in touch and have been in touch with the household, who’re absolutely cooperative. The household has helped us begin contact tracing with individuals this baby has been in touch with. We’re nonetheless within the early levels of contact tracing.”

She mentioned the county has not but recognized how the boy contracted monkeypox. She talked about that the boy has not been to any college or daycare and solely has a “residual rash” as a noticeable symptom. The county additionally provides the vaccine to all those that had direct contact with the kid.

Hidalgo mentioned he understands how this might increase issues for fogeys, particularly as they put together to ship their youngsters again to high school.

“Anybody can get this virus, so this isn’t totally sudden,” Hidalgo instructed reporters.

Well being specialists mentioned that signs of monkeypox embrace the next:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and again ache
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • Shaking chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that will appear like pimples or blisters.

Hidlago requested dad and mom to watch their youngsters to see in the event that they develop uncommon rashes or sores. In the event that they discover something out of the odd, she suggested households to contact their physician for extra info and request a monkeypox check that manner.

Monkeypox is mostly unfold by extended person-to-person contact. It happens primarily by direct contact with bodily fluids or with the scabs and wounds created by monkeypox, in keeping with the Texas Division of State Well being Providers. The virus may also be unfold by extended publicity to somebody with the virus or by supplies which have come into contact with an contaminated individual.

Hidalgo mentioned there at the moment are 269 circumstances in Harris County and just one baby is affected. Statewide, the CDC reported 992 confirmed circumstances in Texas, whereas the federal company can also be monitoring practically 12,000 circumstances nationally.

Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to increase the monkeypox native state catastrophe declaration permitted by the county and metropolis of Austin final week. Information reported by Austin Public Well being discovered that there are 9 confirmed circumstances and 88 suspected circumstances of monkeypox inside Travis County, as of Tuesday morning. The county’s suspected circumstances had elevated by 9 since Monday night time, officers mentioned.

Availability of the monkeypox vaccine stays extremely restricted domestically and statewide. Well being specialists mentioned vaccination would assist defend individuals from getting sick if the vaccine is given earlier than or shortly after they’re uncovered to the virus.

Hidalgo mentioned Tuesday that she is “very upset within the continued vaccine shortages that we’re seeing right here in Harris County.”

In the meantime, in Travis County, Austin Public Well being has requested an extra 5,000 doses of vaccines, however has not but acquired them.

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