Where is monkeypox in Michigan? Here is a map of the cases and everything you need to know about the symptoms

According to Michigan health officials, there are currently 19 confirmed cases in the state as of Wednesday.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is tracking these cases and making information about them public.

Most of the cases are in Wayne County, with one case in the county and four in Detroit.

According to the CDC, as of July 20, 2022, there were 14,511 cases of monkeypox worldwide. The CDC noted that monkeypox is a completely different virus from the viruses that cause COVID-19 or measles.

Interactive map of monkeypox cases in Michigan

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What is monkey pox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, according to the CDC.

The virus is part of the same virus family that causes smallpox. Symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of smallpox, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

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It was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. The origin of the disease is still unknown. The first human case was recorded in 1970.

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How and when to test for monkeypox

If you think you have monkeypox, or if you have been in close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox, you should see your healthcare professional.

When testing for monkeypox, be sure to use specimens taken directly from a lesion (rash or growth), according to the FDA.

The FDA said it was not aware of clinical data supporting blood or saliva samples for monkeypox testing. If you don’t test for a lesion, you could get false test results.

Visual examples of a monkeypox rash. (NHS)

Symptoms of Monkey Pox

Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection. Sometimes people have a rash first and then other symptoms. Others only get a rash.

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Symptoms of monkeypox include the following:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain and back pain

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Chills

  • Exhaustion

  • A rash that may look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or throat. anus.

Monkey pox symptom chart. (CDC)

What to do if you have symptoms

You should talk to your health care provider if you have symptoms of monkeypox. The CDC suggests reminding your healthcare provider that monkeypox is circulating.

Avoid close contact with others until you are examined. You should also avoid close contact with your pets or other animals.

If you test positive, you should remain isolated until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a new layer of intact skin has formed.

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Is monkeypox fatal? How is it treated?

More than 99% of people who get the type of monkeypox that spreads are likely to survive.

People with weakened immune systems who are younger than 8 years old are more likely to become seriously ill or die.

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox. However, the CDC says antiviral drugs used to treat smallpox can be used to treat infections.

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Antivirals, such as tecovirimat (TPOXX), may be recommended for people who are more likely to get seriously ill, such as patients with weakened immune systems.

Is there a monkeypox vaccine?

There is no specific vaccine against monkeypox, but vaccines developed to protect against smallpox could be used to prevent monkeypox infections.

According to the CDC, the United States has two vaccines in stock that can prevent monkeypox.

How is monkeypox spread?

It can be spread through direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs, or bodily fluids. It can also be spread through prolonged face-to-face contact or through sexual intercourse. Pregnant women can transmit the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

It can be spread through objects that have touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids (clothing or linens). It is possible for people to contract monkeypox from infected animals by being scratched or bitten, by eating meat, or by using products from the infected animal.

If you don’t have symptoms, you can’t spread the virus. Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms appear until the rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. The illness usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks.

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How to reduce your risk at parties, clubs, festivals

If you plan to attend a party, club, or festival, the CDC suggests considering the degree of close, personal, skin-to-skin contact likely to occur. If you feel sick or have a rash, do not attend any gatherings.

Festivals, events and concerts where attendees are fully clothed and unlikely to share skin-to-skin contact are safer.

If you’re at a party where there’s little clothing and direct, personal contact, avoid any rashes you see on others. Try to minimize skin-to-skin contact.

There is a greater likelihood of spreading monkeypox in enclosed spaces where there is anonymous physical contact with multiple people.

Original: Everything you need to know about monkeypox as confirmed cases in Michigan reach 14

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Visual examples of a monkeypox rash. (UK Health Security Agency.)

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