Monkey in Pittsburgh: First cast confirmed

The first case of monkey flu in Pittsburgh has been confirmed, a health official at the Central Outreach Health Center said Wednesday. One patient was tested for monkey flu and the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a positive result, the center’s news release said. Most monkey box patients only experience fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. People with more serious illnesses can develop rashes and sores on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body. The incidence of monkey pox continues to rise across the country. The United States has identified more than 300 cases in 27 states and the District of Columbia. The virus has been found in more than 4,700 cases in more than 40 countries outside of Africa. Authorities say there were no US casualties and the risk to the American public was low. But they are taking steps to reassure people that there are medical measures to deal with the growing problem. U.S. health officials on Tuesday expanded the group of individuals recommended for vaccination against monkey flu. Central Outreach says anyone with or without the virus has access to monkey box treatment and vaccination. The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a growing story. Stay tuned to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay up to date with important news.

The first case of monkey flu in Pittsburgh has been confirmed, a health official at the Central Outreach Health Center said Wednesday.

One patient was tested for monkey flu and the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a positive result, the center’s news release said.

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Most monkey patients only experience fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. People with more serious illnesses can develop rashes and sores on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body.

The incidence of monkey pox continues to rise across the country. The United States has identified more than 300 cases in 27 states and the District of Columbia. More than 4,700 cases have been reported in more than 40 countries outside parts of Africa where the virus has spread.

Authorities say there were no US casualties and the risk to the American public was low. But they are taking steps to reassure people that there are medical measures to deal with the growing problem.

U.S. health officials on Tuesday expanded the group of people recommended for vaccination against monkey flu.

Central Outreach says anyone with or without the virus has access to treatment and vaccination for monkey flu.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This is a growing story. Stay tuned to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app Stay tuned for important news.

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