First Montana monkeypox case confirmed in Flathead County

First Montana monkeypox case confirmed in Flathead County

HELENA - State health officials report the monkeypox virus has arrived in Montana. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Flathead City-County Health Department today confirmed a single presumptive case of monkeypox virus infection in a Flathead County adult. Initial testing was completed on Friday at the Montana State Public Health Laboratory and confirmatory testing will occur next with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to DPHHS. DPHHS officials state in a news release the department "is working closely with local public health and the patient’s health care provider to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious." The patient did not require hospitalization and is now isolating at home. To protect patient confidentiality, no further …
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