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Tarrant County reports second confirmed case of monkeypox

A third potential case has been identified, as well.

A second case of monkeypox is confirmed in Tarrant County, with a potential third case also identified, the public health department announced Wednesday.

The new case is a result of exposure in Dallas-Fort Worth, with the patient having no history of travel during the exposure time, indicating local transmission, the department said in a news release.

Both initial cases were in adult men.

Additionally, the department received notification of a third potential case and is waiting to confirm whether it is a Tarrant County resident.

Tarrant County reported its first case Monday.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes during the first week or two after infection. A rash that causes lesions typically occurs after people experience a fever.

Monkeypox spreads through contact with another person’s bodily fluids, monkeypox sores or shared items that have been contaminated with fluids or monkeypox sores.

While data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that men who have sex with other men make up a large proportion of cases, anyone is susceptible to contracting the virus.

Currently, the general public is not considered at risk, the health department said.

Dallas County reported its first case of local transmission last week.

More than 1,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States, including 42 in Texas, according to the CDC.

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