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2 More Cases of Monkeypox ID’d on Oʻahu

June 14, 2022, 5:32 PM HST
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The Hawaiʻi Department of Health has identified two additional probable case of monkeypox in Oʻahu residents. This brings the total number of cases in Hawaiʻi to two confirmed and three probable. DOH has also identified connections between all five people.

“The risk to most Hawaiʻi residents remains low,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Nathan Tan. “Anyone who has close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk of infection—regardless of who they are, what they do, or if they are sexually active.”

DOH continues to conduct contact tracing and coordinate vaccination and treatment, which can be effective in controlling monkeypox infection.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Infection begins with flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. Infection progresses to a rash or sores, often on the hands, feet, chest, face, or genitals. Individuals generally become ill within 21 days of exposure.

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