Monkeypox in NE Ohio

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) — Health officials are investigating several cases of monkey pox in northeast Ohio.

According to the Cleveland Department of Public Health website, the city has 14 cases of monkeypox. The health department’s epidemiology department will continue to monitor these cases and continue to monitor contact tracing.

Lorain County Public Health also confirmed Friday afternoon that they are investigating a case of monkeypox in the county. Health officials say that person is isolating and the risk to the public is low.

“We have been closely monitoring the monkeypox outbreak in the United States. We are monitoring the individual and will continue to contact all known close contacts to help prevent the spread of this disease,” said LCPH Commissioner Mark Adams.

As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 38 cases of monkeypox in Ohio. The country has seen 7,102 cases, according to the report.

On Thursday, the White House declared monkey pox a public health emergency in an effort to free up federal funding and resources to fight the virus.

Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the body.

“It’s important that people understand how to protect themselves from monkeypox so they can make informed choices in situations or places where monkeypox can spread,” Adams said.

Monkeypox spreads through close skin-to-skin contact such as hugging and kissing, as well as sharing sheets, towels, and clothing.

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