Ohio health department identifies probable case of monkeypox

The Ohio Department of Health has identified a probable case of monkeypox, the health director announced Monday. Confirmatory monkeypox testing at US Center for Disease Control and Prevention is currently pending. The patient is an adult male residing in Ohio. The patient has isolated and is following recommendations from health officials. To protect the patient’s privacy, Ohio health officials won’t be providing details on the patient. Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff said monkeypox does not spread easily between people so the risk is very low on contracting the disease. “This disease is not like COVID-19, which can be spread easily,” Vanderhoff said. Monkeypox is a viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. However, recent cases identified in the US appear less likely to have initial constitutional symptoms of flu-like illness or rash and may also stay contained to a particular part of the body. The illness spreads through direct contact, sores, scabs, bodily fluids, prolonged face-to-face contact, ie, intimate contact. ODH recommends anyone experiencing symptoms like a rash, including injuries, to contact their health provider. Those feeling ill should stay home unless seeking medical care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 49 cases of monkeypox in the United States — worldwide there have been nearly 1,500 cases. No deaths have been reported.

The Ohio Department of Health has identified a probable case of monkeypox, the health director announced Monday.

The case was identified based on preliminary testing at the Ohio Department of Health’s laboratory. Confirmatory monkeypox testing at US Center for Disease Control and Prevention is currently pending.

The patient is an adult male residing in Ohio.

The patient has isolated and is following recommendations from health officials.

To protect the patient’s privacy, Ohio health officials won’t be providing details on the patient.

Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff said monkeypox does not spread easily between people so the risk is very low on contracting the disease.

“This disease is not like COVID-19, which can be spread easily,” Vanderhoff said.

Monkeypox is a viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. However, recent cases identified in the US appear less likely to have initial constitutional symptoms of flu-like illness or rash and may also stay contained to a particular part of the body.

The illness spreads through direct contact, sores, scabs, bodily fluids, prolonged face-to-face contact, ie, intimate contact.

ODH recommends anyone experiencing symptoms like a rash, including injuries, to contact their health provider.

Those feeling ill should stay home unless seeking medical care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 49 cases of monkeypox in the United States — worldwide there have been nearly 1,500 cases. No deaths have been reported.

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