LORAIN County, Ohio (WJW) – Health officials are investigating several cases of monkey pox in northeastern Ohio.
According to the Cleveland Department of Public Health website, there are 14 cases of monkey pox in the city. The Department of Health’s epidemiology office will continue to monitor these cases and follow up contacts.
Lorain County Public Health also confirmed Friday afternoon that they are investigating a case of monkey pox in the county. Health officials say a person is self-isolating and the risk to society is low.
“We closely monitored the monkey pox epidemic in the United States. We are monitoring the person and are continuing to contact all known loved ones to help prevent the spread of this disease, ‘said LCPH Commissioner Mark Adams.
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 38 cases of monkey pox in Ohio. According to the report, there were 7,102 cases in the country.
On Thursday, the White House declared monkey pox a public health emergency to free federal funds and resources to fight the virus.
Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and pimples on many parts of the body.
“It is important for people to understand how to protect themselves from monkey pox so that they can make informed choices in situations or places where monkey pox can spread,” said Adams.
Monkey pox is spread through close skin-to-skin contact, such as hugging and kissing, as well as sharing bedding, towels, and clothes.
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