If you are showing signs of fever, muscle aches, headache, or painful rash you may seek medical attention right away. The first case of Monkeypox has been detected in Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the first confirmed case was reported on Tuesday, July 5.

The good news unlike COVID-19, monkeypox is not as contagious. The first case of monkeypox was first reported in May in the United States and symptoms usually start to occur within 7-14 days of exposure to the virus and can be transmitted through direct skin contact. If you notice any unusual lesions such as an undescribed rash, you are encouraged to see your doctor immediately so as to not spread the virus to those you may have come into contact with. The infection can be transmitted as well through body fluids, scabs, or other contaminated items such as clothing.

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The spread of monkeypox can be prevented through vaccination or can be treated with antiviral drugs and other types of drugs developed for this particular virus.

"We encourage anyone who feels they may have been exposed to monkeypox to please contact their health care provider and be tested," ADC officials.

The good news is that monkeypox is not an airborne illness. The origin of where in Arkansas the first case was reported is still unknown and is still being withheld from the public.

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For more information on Monkeypox and other infectious diseases, please visit the Arkansas Department of Health website.

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