PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Camden County Health Department is tracing contacts after a resident tested positive for monkeypox on Tuesday. County health officer Dr Paschal Nwako said the virus is usually spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, but it can also be spread through saliva when an infected person has direct contact with someone. one for more than 15 minutes.
He said the close contacts they are most worried about are people who live in the same household as an infected person.
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“Monkeypox is not like COVID-19,” Dr Nwako said. “It’s not very contagious.”
Dr Nwako said only people in close contact with someone who has contracted monkeypox are eligible for the two-dose vaccine.
He said Camden County is one of six monkeypox vaccination centers in the state.
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“We are ready if we need to scale up vaccination, just like we did with COVID-19,” Dr Nwako said.
Dr. Martin Topiel, medical director of infection prevention at Virtua Health, said while they still learn about monkeypox, the virus can be treated.
“There’s no reason to panic,” Dr. Topiel said. “It is certain that the majority of people resolve on their own after having an infection in our country.”
On Wednesday, the CDC announced that Labcorp would begin testing for monkeypox, doubling the country’s testing capacity.
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“The ability of commercial labs to test for monkeypox is a key pillar of our overall strategy to fight this disease,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. “This will not only increase testing capacity, but make it more convenient for providers and patients to access testing using existing provider-laboratory relationships.”