South Carolina DHEC monitoring people for signs of monkeypox

South Carolina health officials said Tuesday they are watching several people in the state for symptoms of monkeypox. An official from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said DHEC is monitoring multiple people who were on the same flight as a person confirmed to have monkeypox in the United Kingdom.The official said those being watched will complete their monitoring on May 25. DHEC released this statement about the possible contacts:”In monitoring these contacts, who have no symptoms, DHEC is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that was released last week. DHEC has shared the CDC guidance with providers via a health alert. Febrile rash illnesses, which would include monkeypox, are reportable conditions in South Carolina. Providers should report a suspected case to DHEC, which will investigate and conduct testing if indicated to confirm or rule out a case. There have been no confirmed cases of monkeypox in South Carolina.”No other information was immediately released.

South Carolina health officials said Tuesday they are watching several people in the state for symptoms of monkeypox.

An official from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said DHEC is monitoring multiple people who were on the same flight as a person confirmed to have monkeypox in the United Kingdom.

The official said those being watched will complete their monitoring on May 25.

DHEC released this statement about the possible contacts:

“In monitoring these contacts, who have no symptoms, DHEC is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that was released last week. DHEC has shared the CDC guidance with providers via a health alert. Febrile rash illnesses, which would include monkeypox, are reportable conditions in South Carolina. Providers should report a suspected case to DHEC, which will investigate and conduct testing if indicated to confirm or rule out a case. There have been no confirmed cases of monkeypox in South Carolina.”

No other information was immediately released.

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