Monkeypox is in Nebraska; What do you need to know

Monkeypox is in 28 states, and on Monday Nebraska became one of those states.
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 10:19 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Monkeypox is in 28 states, and Nebraska became one of those states on Monday.

Local4 talked with Michele Bever, South Heartland District Health Department’s Executive Director, on Tuesday. She said there are some signs you can look out for when it comes to Monkeypox.

The early stages of the virus present with flu-like symptoms such as fevers and body aches, and then comes the rash related to the virus.

Bever said if you think you might have been in contact with someone infected there are some steps to follow.

“Anybody can be exposed and infected,” Bever said. “So we encourage anybody who has been in contact with anybody who has a rash or has been identified as having a case of Monkeypox to check with their provider, they may be eligible for some sort of prophylaxis.”

Bever also gave Local4 an idea of what the timeline for Monkeypox infections may look like.

“If people get the symptoms that incubation time from the time they would be exposed or infected by the virus to the beginning of those symptoms would be about one to two weeks and then the illness last about two to four weeks and generally resolves after that,” Bever said.

One silver lining is that there is a vaccine available through the state for anyone who qualifies for it.

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