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Monkeypox ID’d at Southwest High School in Little Rock - Arkansas

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  • Monkeypox ID’d at Southwest High School in Little Rock - Arkansas

    Today at 3:39 a.m.

    by Cynthia Howell

    The Little Rock School District has notified parents, students and employees at Southwest High School that a case of monkeypox was identified within the school.

    District leaders on Thursday sent out two letters -- one in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health's Dr. Atul Kothari, medical director of the outbreak prevention and response branch of the agency.

    That letter -- also signed by Little Rock Superintendent Jermall Wright -- went to parents notifying them of their child's "possible low-risk exposure" to the virus and the need to monitor for symptoms for several days.

    "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines low-risk exposure as entering a room or space where a person with monkeypox has been regardless of whether the person with monkeypox is present," the letter states.

    "Anyone with low-risk exposure to monkeypox should monitor for signs or symptoms consistent with monkeypox for 21 days after their last exposure. Your child should be monitored for the below symptoms until Tuesday, September 20, 2022."