On Saturday, July 23rd The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Monkeypox a global health emergency.

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Monkeypox has made its way to Michigan and this is some important info you should know.

What Is Monkeypox?

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The WHO says the Monkeypox virus is an orthopoxvirus that causes a disease with symptoms similar, but less severe, to smallpox. While smallpox was eradicated in 1980, monkeypox continues to occur in countries of central and west Africa.

Where Has Monkeypox Been Found In Michigan?

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At the time of this article being published this is where confirmed Monkeypox cases have been reported.

  • Detroit  8
  • Kent County 2
  • Macomb County 4
  • Oakland County 6
  • Washtenaw County 2
  • Wayne County 1

You can check the latest Monkeypox numbers at Michigan.org

Does Monkeypox Come From Monkeys?

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Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. The source of the disease is still unknown. The first human case was recorded in 1970 according to clickondetroit.com  

What Are Symptoms Of Monkeypox?

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The WHO says the most common symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes. This is followed or accompanied by the development of a rash which can last for two to three weeks. The rash can be found on the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyes, mouth, throat, groin, and genital and/or anal regions of the body.

Who Is Getting Monkeypox?

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The WHO said most reported cases so far have been identified through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary health-care facilities and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men.

What Should You Do If You Think You Were Exposed To Monkeypox?

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If you think you have symptoms of monkeypox, the WHO says to contact your healthcare provider for advice, testing, and medical care. Until you receive your test result, isolate yourself from others if possible. Clean your hands regularly.

How Do You Treat Monkeypox?

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The WHO says that symptoms normally resolve on their own without the need for treatment. If needed, medication for pain (analgesics) and fever (antipyretics) can be used to relieve some symptoms.  It is important for anyone with monkeypox to stay hydrated, eat well, and get enough sleep.

The WHO has a list of commonly asked questions and answers. You can check that out here

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