St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) Health officials have confirmed Minnesota’s first case of Monkeypox.

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An announcement from the Minnesota Department of Health says the patient was likely exposed while traveling abroad. Officials say the person is receiving outpatient care.

The Star Tribune is reporting the patient lives in the Twin Cities Metro. MDH and local health officials are conducting contact tracing. As of June 24 the CDC has reported 201 cases of Monkeypox in 26 other states.

Health officials say the virus does not spread through casual contact. Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters.

The Minnesota Department of Health offered these tips to prevent the spread of Monkeypox:

  • Practice good hand hygiene. For example, washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Minimize skin-to-skin contact with individuals who have been exposed to the virus or to those showing a rash or skin sores.
  • Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in direct contact with someone with monkeypox.
  • Reach out to a health care provider if you develop symptoms, as early recognition and testing can help prevent further transmission.

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