The first probable case of monkeypox in New Hampshire has been identified, health officials said Wednesday. The patient is a resident of Rockingham County, and the Department of Health and Human Services said that due to privacy concerns, no further information about the patient will be released. New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories first identified the case and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting tests to confirm it. DHHS officials are working to identify others who may have been exposed. monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same group of viruses as smallpox. Transmission of monkeypox requires close interaction with a symptomatic person. Brief interactions do not appear to be high risk, and transmission has typically involved close physical or intimate contact or health care examinations performed without using appropriate protective equipment, DHHS said. The incidence of monkeypox cases has increased across the country. The CDC has identified 224 cases of monkeypox in 26 states as of June 27. Early symptoms usually include fever, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, and swollen lymph nodes. A few days after the onset of these symptoms, a rash or skin patches appear that change over time. People with monkeypox are contagious until all skin lesions have crusted over and fallen off a person’s skin, health officials said. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. Symptoms are usually mild, but in rare cases, more serious illness may occur and require hospitalization. Anyone experiencing a new monkeypox rash or skin lesions, especially if accompanied by other symptoms of monkeypox, should tell their healthcare provider. Testing should be considered if the rash and other symptoms have occurred: Within a few weeks of traveling to another country where monkeypox is reported. After close contact with someone who has a similar rash or is suspected or confirmed to have monkeypox. After intimate physical or sexual contact with a partner, especially after intimate or sexual contact that occurs while travelling.

The first probable case of monkeypox in New Hampshire has been identified, health officials said Wednesday.

The patient is a resident of Rockingham County, and the Department of Health and Human Services said that due to privacy concerns, no further information about the patient will be released.

New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories first identified the case, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is running tests to confirm it.

DHHS officials are working to identify others who may have been exposed.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same group of viruses as smallpox. Transmission of monkeypox requires close interaction with a symptomatic person. Brief interactions do not appear to be high risk, and transmission has typically involved close physical or intimate contact or health care examinations performed without using appropriate protective equipment, DHHS said.

The incidence of monkeypox cases has increased across the country. The CDC has identified 224 cases of monkeypox in 26 states as of June 27.

Early symptoms usually include fever, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, and swollen lymph nodes. A few days after the onset of these symptoms, a rash or skin patches appear that change over time.

People with monkeypox are contagious until all skin lesions have crusted over and fallen off a person’s skin, health officials said. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. Symptoms are usually mild, but in rare cases, more serious illness may occur and require hospitalization.

Anyone experiencing a new monkeypox rash or skin lesions, especially if accompanied by other symptoms of monkeypox, should tell their healthcare provider. Testing should be considered if the rash and other symptoms have occurred:

  • A few weeks after traveling to another country where monkeypox is reported.
  • After close contact with someone who has a similar rash or is suspected or confirmed to have monkeypox.
  • After intimate physical or sexual contact with a partner, especially after intimate or sexual contact that occurs while travelling.