First probable case of monkeypox in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified the first probable case of monkeypox in Oakland County.

The individual is currently isolating and does not pose a risk to the public.

No further case details will be provided by MDHHS.

“Monkeypox is a viral illness that spreads primarily through direct contact with the infections rash, scabs, bodily fluids, or prolonged face-to-face contact,” said MDHHS chief medical executive Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian.  “It is important to remember that the risk to the general public is low, however, Michiganders with concerns about monkeypox should see their provider to be evaluated for testing.”

Since the beginning of the current global outbreak, 5,115 cases have been confirmed in 51 countries including the United States.

The CDC reports that 306 cases have been identified in 27 states and Washington, D.C.

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