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New Hampshire reports 1st pediatric case of monkeypox

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  • New Hampshire reports 1st pediatric case of monkeypox

    Health officials say classmates at low risk

    Updated: 7:07 PM EDT Sep 16, 2022
    Kirk Enstrom

    CONCORD, N.H. —The first pediatric case of monkeypox in New Hampshire has been identified, state health officials said Friday.

    Officials said the Manchester child was infected after an exposure to a household contact who had monkeypox. The child, who was not identified, has a mild illness and is isolating at home, officials said.

    ... Officials didn't release the age of the child or say which school the child attends.

    Health officials said they're working with the child's school to conduct contact tracing and identify other people who might have had direct physical contact or hours of prolonged face-to-face contact with the child while they were contagious.

    Anyone identified as a close contact of the child will be contacted by public health investigators and recommended to watch for symptoms and get the JYNNEOS vaccine, which can help prevent infection after an exposure.