HONOLULU (KHON2) — Health officials identified and are investigating a probable monkeypox case in a Hawaii resident on Friday, June 3.

According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the individual is an adult from Oahu who is currently hospitalized in stable condition. Tripler Army Medical Center confirmed that the individual was admitted there and is recovering in isolation.

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The DOH, with State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble and Epidemiologist Joe Elm, discussed the probable case in a livestream. During the stream, they said the DOH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm whether this case is monkeypox, which will be known sometime next week.

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“The state laboratories division confirmed an orthopoxvirus infection. Monkeypox is a type of orthopoxvirus,” she explained.

The individual recently traveled to another United States state with confirmed monkeypox cases within the month of May and showed symptoms consistent with the virus, explained the DOH. For confidentiality, the DOH was unable to disclose which state.

“Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person, and the risk remains low for most Hawaii residents. DOH continues case investigation and is coordinating with federal authorities to ensure that Hawaii has the resources we need to prevent and treat monkeypox infection.”

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble

Kemble is advising people to be aware but said the risk to the general public is low.

“CDC has reported that many cases in the national outbreak have been among men who have sex with men, gay, bisexual and other such behavior,” she said. “It’s important to know that monkeypox is not in and of itself a sexually transmitted infection.”

The virus is primarily spread through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs or body fluids. It’s also spread through respiratory droplets of an infected person.

Joe Elm, DOH Disease Investigation Supervisor said it’s a rare disease.

“Infection begins with flu like symptoms, swollen lymph glands and progresses to rash sores often on the hands and feet chest and genitals. Individuals generally become ill within 21 days of exposure.”

He said flu like may include body aches, fever and chills, that may last three to five days, followed by the rash.

“Once the the rash appears and oral lesions marks the time when the person is going to be most infectious,” said Elm.

According to Kemble, treatment or prevention measures have to be coordinated through the CDC.

“These are not medications and vaccines that are readily available, to our medical community,” explained Kemble. “So we are working closely with the CDC to determine when and if treatment or prophylaxis is indicated.”

Anyone who thinks they may be infected, should avoid close contact with others and call their doctor immediately.

On Friday, June 3, the CDC reported monkeypox cases have been detected and confirmed in 11 states. These states are California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

The CDC also said that monkeypox has also been confirmed in the United Kingdom.

The DOH added that monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection and that these droplets cannot travel more than a few feet.

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Anyone with symptoms similar with monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider immediately.