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Christus Spohn reports first case of monkeypox in our region

3NEWS confirmed that the patient was treated and released.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Officials with Christus Spohn confirmed that they did have a patient with a presumptive case of monkeypox. This would be the first known reported case for our region.

3NEWS reached out to hospital officials for more information, but as of right now we have just received confirmation that the patient was treated and released.

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The virus can cause a range of symptoms like fever, muscle aches and exhaustion. But the telltale sign is a rash that can look like pimples and blisters. 

Public health doctors say it primarily spreads by skin-to-skin, especially intimate contact. But it can also spread by touching clothes and bedding that were contaminated by an infected person.

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The number of monkeypox cases reported globally dropped 21% in the last week, reversing a month-long trend of rising infections and signaling that Europe's outbreak may be starting to decline, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The U.N. health agency reported 5,907 new weekly cases and said two countries, Iran and Indonesia, reported their first cases. To date, more than 45,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in 98 countries since late April.

The Americas accounted for 60% of cases in the past month, WHO said, while cases in Europe comprised about 38%. It said infections in the Americas showed “a continuing steep rise.”

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