Health Alerts

August 24, 2022

Lake County/CSKT Tribal Health Announces First Probable Case of Monkeypox in Lake County

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Lake County Health Department and CSKT Tribal Health Department today confirmed a single probable case of monkeypox virus infection in a Lake County adult.

Initial testing was completed August 24, 2022 at Montana State Public Health Laboratory and confirmatory testing will occur next with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lake County and CSKT Tribal Public Health are working closely together to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious. Both agencies are working together performing contact tracing and will communicate with individuals identified as a close contact. The patient did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home. To protect patient confidentiality, no further details related to the patient will be disclosed.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body.

The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks and most people get better on their own without treatment. At times, monkeypox can cause scars from the sores, the development of secondary infections, such as pneumonia, or other complications.

The virus does not easily spread between people with casual contact, but transmission can occur through contact with infectious sores and body fluids; contaminated items such as clothing or bedding; or through respiratory droplets associated with prolonged face-to-face contact.

There is no treatment specifically for monkeypox. But because monkeypox and smallpox viruses are closely related, antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat monkeypox virus infections. The need for treatment will depend on how sick someone gets or whether they are likely to get severely ill. DPHHS has prepositioned a supply of antiviral medications in the state for use, if necessary. CDC does not recommend widespread vaccination against monkeypox at this time. However, vaccination may be recommended for some people who have been exposed to monkeypox virus.

Anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should call their healthcare provider, even if they don’t think they had contact with someone who has monkeypox.

A person who is sick with monkeypox should isolate at home. If they have an active rash or other symptoms, they should be in a separate room or area from other family members and pets, when possible.

To learn more about this virus, visit the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/

Coronavirus Disease 2019
  1. What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused severe illness, such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middles East Respiratory Syndrome). COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus not previously identified in humans prior to December 2019.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Lake County Public Health (LCPH), and CSKT Tribal Health have been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

  1. How does COVID-19 Spread?
  1. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
  1. Testing for COVID-19
  1. What is contact tracing?
  1. Who is considered a close contact?
  1. Isolation / Quarantine
  1. Can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

If You Test Positive

  • Isolate for five full days and inform your close contacts. After five days, you may end your quarantine if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
  • Wear a mask for an additional five days when around others and avoid indoor gatherings.
  • Complete this questionnaire.
  • Report positive home test results to DPHHS.

Lake County/Flathead Reservation COVID-19 case total (updated weekly)

8,296

Lake County Vaccines (updated weekly)

50,819 doses given ~ 18,433 (59%) fully immunized